Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance

Are you seeing the trend for increasing performance? Computing Intel CPU multicore (currently, 8 cores) NVIDIA/AMD GPU multicore (currently, hundreds of cores) Storage Fusion-IO Drive multiple flash RAM modules (currently, hundreds of modules) Power Tesla Motors vehicle power pack made up of multiple batteries (currently, hundreds of batteries) Many little pieces working efficiently together with … Continue reading “Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance”

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Are you seeing the trend for increasing performance?

Computing

  • Intel CPU multicore (currently, 8 cores)
  • NVIDIA/AMD GPU multicore (currently, hundreds of cores)

Storage

  • Fusion-IO Drive multiple flash RAM modules (currently, hundreds of modules)

Power

  • Tesla Motors vehicle power pack made up of multiple batteries (currently, hundreds of batteries)

Many little pieces working efficiently together with a controller is the formula.  Whether for computing, storage, networking, or high-performance batteries.  This is the future.  Monolithic designs cannot work indefinitely.  I suspect that this is similar to having a team of smart individuals overtaking one brilliant person.  Divide-and-conquer.  With teamwork many simple workers can create more efficiency than one complex worker. Continue reading “Many, Many, Little Pieces Means Big Performance”

NVIDIA’s Playbook

Just a year ago, NVIDIA and ATI were in the midst of a war for graphics processing unit (GPU) supremacy in the $18 Billion a year video game industry. Then, ATI was bought out by AMD. At the time, there was talk that the combined technologies from ATI’s GPUs and AMD’s CPUs would deal a … Continue reading “NVIDIA’s Playbook”

nvidia

Just a year ago, NVIDIA and ATI were in the midst of a war for graphics processing unit (GPU) supremacy in the $18 Billion a year video game industry. Then, ATI was bought out by AMD. At the time, there was talk that the combined technologies from ATI’s GPUs and AMD’s CPUs would deal a crushing blow to NVIDIA. However, as history has shown, mergers are rarely a good idea. Continue reading “NVIDIA’s Playbook”