Partial coverage of IEDM 2003 Day 2, focusing on AMD and Intel process technologies
David Wang continues his coverage of the 2002 MicroProcessor Forum with an overview of the AMD Opteron presentation.
David Wang initiates coverage of the Micro Processor Forum 2002 with the Power PC 970 announcement from IBM.
Though my background is primarily on the software side, I am very curious about the effects that different processor designs and features have on system performance. Being somewhat less knowledgeable about CPU architecture than many others, I have been looking for some way to see these effects in a concrete manner. Benchmarks are supposed to provide this ‘visible’ evidence, but there are probably as many different application mixes and workloads as there are users. This isn’t a problem for a corporation that has the money to spend to evaluate how their applications and workloads will perform on a given platform – but the average user, such as myself, is left wondering what these benchmarks are really measuring so they can be applied to our own usage.