Showing posts with label processors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label processors. Show all posts

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Evolution of Ryzen CPUs

 AMD has made a clear leap forward in terms of performance per Watt, already evident in the transition from Excavator architecture to Zen. With the subsequent evolutions of the Ryzen processors, AMD has offered not only greater performance but also a level of consumption that has remained virtually unchanged. I ask Robert Hallock what has changed internally in AMD, at the development team level, to be able to achieve such an efficiency leap forward. AMD is currently the only company that offers high-end processors and video cards on the consumer market. In the past among professional positions at AMD there has been a lot of work related to the world of video cards.

Making predictions on the market success or otherwise of Intel ARC proposals means trying to predict an unclear future, but difficult not to share Hallock's reflection. Building video cards is extremely complex and expensive work, for which AMD and NVIDIA can boast an experience that Intel does not currently boast. What technology would you most like to have available in 5 years' time - a smartphone with a folding screen that can be compact and at the same time provide a large display in order to increase productivity? AMD's answer is not obvious, but it is the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X card, which first saw the adoption of High Bandwidth Memory. Products of this type, if and when they are available, will not take the place of a traditional PC in terms of flexibility and processing power but will represent an even more complete work and entertainment tool than they are now.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Chinese processors protect Russia from sanctions and the shortage of Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors.

 Sanctions against Russia are tough, even from a logical standpoint. As evidence, the sale of Dannie's new motherboard with KaiXian KX-6640MA demonstrates that the market is being forced to transition from Intel Core and AMD Ryzen to Chinese processors.

Photo: Zhaoxin

Intel and AMD are two of the four companies with the right to design and sell chipsets based on the x86 microarchitecture. As this duo has been responsible for the sale of a substantial portion of this type of CPU for years, Russia has been adversely affected by the withdrawal of their products, as it is impossible to find replacements to Intel Core or Ryzen given the current state of technological innovation.

However, alternatives exist from a side that is not as actively committed in sanctioning Russia. We are discussing China and companies such as Zhaoxin, which designs and distributes a line of KaiXian CPUs for usage primarily in China. The KX 6000 series, which was launched in 2019, is the most recent CPU family in this category.

CPU Benchmark evaluated a four-core, four-thread version of the chip running at 3GHz with a 70W TDP, and it scored 1,566 points for multithreaded operations on CPU . Core i3-12100F scores 14,427, while Ryzen 5 5500 scores 19,885. Similar performance gaps exist for single-threaded operations: 722 points versus 3,525 for the Core i3 and 3,084 for the Ryzen 5.

The specifications show that these processors are much inferior to AMD and Intel's current offerings. Although it does not appear that Russia will be fully cut off from computer hardware at this time, the sanctions will undoubtedly impact not only players but also technology companies owing to the lack of access to Xeons and EPYC processors.

If you believe the performance disparity is significant, the issue is actually far worse. The Dannie processor is designed for both desktop computers and laptops, hence its TDP is limited to 25W and it will operate between 2.1 and 2.7GHz. Dannie chose a processor with eight cores, which offers it at least one advantage above the processor with four cores that was graded higher.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The first universal processor in the world. Tachyum Prodigy combines CPU, GPU, and TPU functions for astounding performance.

The first universal processor in the world. Tachyum Prodigy combines CPU, GPU, and TPU functions for astounding performance.

Although universal processors that combine the operations of a graphics processor and a central processor have been around for a long time, Tachyum's Prodigy chip stands apart due to a special feature. 

This "world's first universal processor" is a homogenous architecture that incorporates the CPU, GPU, and TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). According to the company, their work has resulted in significant productivity benefits at a fraction of the cost of rival items.

The first universal processor in the world. Tachyum Prodigy combines CPU, GPU, and TPU functions for astounding performance.

When you can put everything in the hands of Tachyum Prodigy, why needs a distinction between CPUs and GPUs?
The Prodigy chip for supercomputers in the cloud, artificial intelligence, and HPC sectors, according to a press release, is outperforming the competition on all fronts. In AI training and inference tasks, it is touted to give 4 times the performance of the fastest Xeon, 3 times the performance of the NVIDIA H100, and 6 times the performance of the fastest Xeon. It also impresses with its energy efficiency, achieving up to a tenfold increase in efficiency with the same amount of electricity.

What are the sources of these opportunities? The specification makes it clear right away, because Prodigy in its most advanced form, designed for multi-processor platforms and 4- and 2-slot machines, has to offer:

16 DDR5 memory controllers 128 high-performance unified 64-bit cores working at up to 5.7 GHz
PCIe 5.0 lanes: 64

Unlike other hardware, Prodigy is built from the ground up to handle matrix and vector computing. Companies will be able to test the effectiveness of such a combination later this year using the system's vector and matrix functions, which support a variety of data types (FP64, FP32, TF32, BF16, Int8, FP8, and TAI). Tachyum expects to ship samples (eight various variants of Prodigy) in the coming months, with serial manufacturing beginning in the first half of 2023.

Plastic bottles: why is it better not to reuse them?

 You may be tempted to fill up your plastic water bottle with all this heat. According to nutritionists, this gesture should be avoided. It ...