The Tech Report Podcast live stream returns this evening

If you hadn't already heard, The Tech Report Podcast live stream is returning this evening. I'll be discussing Soft Machines' VISC architecture and the performance numbers the company released recently with special guest David Kanter. You can join us on Twitch at 9:30 ET/6:30 PM PT to listen in and ask questions in the chat.

If you haven't already done so, be sure to email me or post here with your questions or comments about VISC or anything else happening in the tech world. We'll be monitoring that article's comment thread as we get ready for the event. See you all soon.

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    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Kanter, my old nemesis! We meet again!

    Ok, onto a few questions.

    First of all, since VISC will be a hot topic of conversation, let me ask you a tangential question. Given the “layers” we see in those diagrams, the actual cores appear to be rather boring while the “software abstraction” layer and the hardware “global scheduler” that produces the “virtual CPUs” appear to be where the action is.

    My question is: How easy/hard/impossible would it be to take a regular CPU and attempt to reimplement both of those two upper layers in software? Obviously the “global scheduler” would be much more efficient as a pure hardware device, but given a sufficiently powerful CPU with cores to burn, could you try to fake what VISC does using regular hardware?

    As for other topics here are a few one-liners:
    1. Any exciting details about upcoming GPUs this year?
    2. Xeon-D is starting to hit the market in 16-core flavors. Is this going to put a damper on any upcoming ARM server parts?
    3. Have you had a chance to give Wasson a hard time at his new job?

    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago

    What are your thoughts on how and why x86 instructions have become so important? Do you and/or Kanter think the x86 reign will ever end and if so to what?

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