disdain. Yes, it was their software
that failed—but it might have
been anyone’s code that blew up.
Look around your data center
and your company. How many
applications are there—operating
systems, applications, servers,
desktops—that perform license
tests upon startup? If the license
code is flawed, some day your
software may not start. Worse:
What if your software does a
“phone home” upon startup?
Most “phone home” license software can accommodate a failure
to make a connection—but what
if the vendor’s license validation server gives your software a
thumb’s down? Do you have a
The Core of the Processor
This is a challenging time to be
at AMD, and a great time to be
tive chairman. The new CEO,
Dirk Meyer, had been president
and COO, and has a background
in microprocessor technology; he
was also involved in the development of the Athlon processor.
He’ll have an uphill battle: The
company’s huge investment in
graphics chips, with the purchase of ATI in 2006, hasn’t yet
paid off, and Intel has stolen the
momentum in high-end multi-core x86 processors.
Shortly after Meyer’s sudden ascension, AMD revised
its processor roadmap, showing four-core technology
through mid-2009. The six-core
“Istanbul” processors are expected to appear in the second half
of 2009, followed by the 12-core
“Magny-Cours” chips in the first
half 2010. It’s an aggressive plan.
Too bad Intel got there first.
While AMD loses money,
During the summer, Intel
introduced its six-core Xeon
X7460 processors, scheduled to
ship before the end of 2008. The
company will also be pushing a
new brand of quad-core processors, called Core i7, which could
find their way into consumer
desktop and high-end notebook
Intel also unveiled a new
code-named “Larrabee,” also
designed for the consumer market. According to Intel, “The
first product based on Larrabee
will target the personal computer
graphics market and is expected
in 2009 or 2010. Larrabee will be
the industry’s first many-core x86
Intel architecture, meaning it will
be based on an array of many
processors. The individual processors are similar to the Intel processors that power the Internet
THE MOST INSIDIOUS OF THE NEW
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THEN TRYING TO PANIC YOU INTO
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Advanced Micro Devices is in
shambles, following the release
of its second quarter financial
results. On July 19, the company
revealed that it lost US$1.189 billion. It also revealed that its charismatic CEO, Hector Ruiz, was
kicked upstairs to become execu-
Intel prints it by the bucketful.
Its second-quarter numbers, also
released in July, showed record
quarterly revenue of $9.5 billion,
with a $1.6 billion profit. With
that much cash, Paul Otellini,
president and CEO, can embark
on aggressive plans.
and the laptops, PCs, and servers
that access and network to it.”
The Larrabee graphics processors are based on the Pentium
processor, and incorporate a
wide vector processing engine,
64-bit extensions, and aggressive instruction/data prefetching.