I've been thinking a lot lately about microprocessors, from the many-core CPUs that AMD and Intel introduced recently to the massively scalable GPGPU processing that's taking machine learning by storm. After years of consolidation on commodity x86 CPUs, it seems that the computing paradigm is turning again to specialized offload processors. This trend towards heterogeneous … [Read more...] about Co-Processors, GPGPU, and Heterogeneous Computing
Over the last month, high-performance graphics cards have disappeared from retailer stock, selling out immediately as they appear. Although AMD's new RX 580 offers decent graphics performance for the money, gamers aren't driving this demand. Instead, it's all about cryptocurrency mining, with Ethereum leading the way. It's time for AMD to get in on this game, with special … [Read more...] about Where Have All The GPU’s Gone? Cryptocurrency Mining!
Apple's bizarre online store reboot this morning revealed that the next point-update for Mac OS X will be in the hands of the faithful this Friday, August 28! Many speculated on the purported September availability of the operating system upgrade, but today's information clears the air. Although Apple's web site clearly states that Snow Leopard "Delivers on August 28th," … [Read more...] about Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”: In Our Hands August 28!
Apple has a big 2009 planned, focused on mobility: Apple will introduce us to the basic features of iPhone OS 3.0 on March 17. Apple will release a new iPhone handset in June, powered by OS 3.0. Apple will introduce a 10-inch touch-screen netbook/tablet in September, for Fall release. That's my take on Apple's timeline, it makes sense, and here's why: … [Read more...] about iPhone OS 3.0: Apple’s Netbook OS
I've been waiting on a Mac Mini to replace my sluggish and crash-prone Firefly/NSLU2 home music and file server, and Apple finally delivered the goods today, after leaving us in the lurch at Macworld 2009! I've placed my order for a base-model Mac Mini, and look forward to using Apple's iPhone Remote with the Airport Express AirTunes as my primary home music playing … [Read more...] about The New Mac Mini is Finally Here!