The TR Podcast 112: By Kepler’s beard, it’s Trinity!

The Tech Report Podcast Date: May 29, 2012

Time: 1:32:04

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Jason Fox, and Cyril Kowaliski

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Our favorite Mac blogger, Jason Fox, joins us to share an incredible story about beards and advertising. We preface the story-telling with a panel review of The Avengers, which turns out to be a universal favorite (though not all of us have seen it yet). After the film review, Jason tells us about @leeclowsbeard, a project he’s been laboring on in secret for the better part of three years, one that has recently received significant industry recognition. Then, Scott brings us a detailed report of the highlights from Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference. Finally, Asus’ Ivy Bridge-powered N56VM notebook and AMD’s Trinity APU represent the latest and greatest in mobile computing, and we give you the lowdown on both of them.

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That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

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    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    Great commentary on Avengers Scott.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    Love your podcasts guys. They get me through the grind!

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    For some odd and unknown reason i can’t see the play button…..Thoughts?

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      Flashblock?

        • Arclight
        • 7 years ago

        I do not have such an add-on installed. But i am on a network with restrictions atm. Hmm some weeks ago it still worked though. Will have to wait till i get home to test :/

    • glynor
    • 7 years ago

    Just finished listening to the episode and it was, as usual, another great one.

    I wanted to mention that it actually worked out quite well for me that this one was delayed a week. I was traveling over the holiday weekend, and it gave me something to listen to in the car. (I just had to wait until my wife was otherwise occupied.)

    Having a fresh podcast out around the time of a holiday weekend big for travel is never a bad idea. I always make time for the TR podcast (I’ve listened to every single one within a week or so of when they were released, since episode 1). But others might not always make the time. So, the dumb luck of the delay may have [i<]helped[/i<] in some ways for some listeners, and might bring you in some new "actual listeners", if not new downloads.

    • codedivine
    • 7 years ago

    About the GK110, I think I agree with Scott that it will likely reach around 1.3 Tflops of fp64. My clues?

    Nvidia talked about 3x fp64 perf/watt compared to prior generation. Whats the “prior generation” and whats the “performance” here? Given prior experience with how Nvidia Marketing Filter works, we can speculate a bit.

    1. Applying “Nvidia Marketing Defilter” to “prior generation”, I expect they are comparing against the GF100 and not GF110. Tesla C2050 comes from that generation and has peak of 515 fp64 gflops.

    2. Nvidia stated that Fermi had efficiency of 60-65% in workloads such as DGEMM (i.e. about 330 gflops effective on Tesla C2050). This I can verify as this is what I get on my lab’s Tesla. Nvidia stated they expect Kepler to have efficiency of 80-85%. Noting the difference, and again applying “Nvidia Marketing Defilter”, I think by “performance” they mean performance on DGEMM as the increased efficiency will make them look good.

    Thus, we can expect the new Tesla to give about 990 gflops on DGEMM, and dividing by 0.8 (efficiency) we get the peak at about 1.2-1.3 teraflops, the same as what Scott speculates using a 700MHz or so clock rate.

    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    Listening to it now, just finished the LCB segment. Can’t wait to see how many people from the “Fake Different” MacHole thread show up to complain that the podcast space is being used for [i<]Horrible Inappropriate Commerical Advertising![/i<]

    • odizzido
    • 7 years ago

    I think it’s pretty easy to make a case for AMDs APUs, even for people who I don’t consider gamers. Games like the sims are very popular among non-gamers so it’s nice to have a good GPU to use.

    • Dposcorp
    • 7 years ago

    First up in da hizzouse!

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