AMD, IBM, Google, Xilinx, Micron and Mellanox Join Forces in the Heterogenous Computing Era

Some of you may remember AMD announcing the “Torrenza” technology 10 years ago. The idea was to offer a fast and coherent interface between the CPU and various types of “accelerators” (via Hyper Transport). It was one of the first initiatives to enable “heterogeneous computing”. We now have technology that could be labeled “heterogeneous computing”, the most popular form being GPU computing. There have been also encryption, compression and network accelerators, but the advantages of those accelerators were never really clear, as shifting data back and forth to the CPU was in many cases less efficient than letting the CPU process it with optimized instructions. Heterogeneous computing was in the professional world mostly limited to HPC; in the consumer world a “nice to have”. But times are changing. The sensors…


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