RFHPC109: New Chip Architectures — Picking the Winners

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team welcomes Shahin Khan from OrionX to a discussion on chip architectures for HPC.
More and more new alternative architectures were in evidence at ISC in Germany this year, but what does it take for a chip architecture to be a winner? Looking back, chips like DEC Alpha had many advantages over the competition, but it did not survive.
Henry contends that a viable chip architecture needs a memory controller that has the muster to keep up with new memory hierarchies. Rich thinks it isn’t about features so much and that survival is all about the chip’s ecosystem.
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