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Linux on Intel: Think Dead Man Walking
Last week, I talked about the IBM cell processor expected for Sony PlayStation 3.This week I want to think out loud about what happens in the industry if Toshiba launches a PC based on this processor into the Asian market and IBM promptly follows suit with a series aimed at the American and European markets. Such a machine would run Linux, be compatible with most Linux software
Such a machine would run Linux, be compatible with most Linux software, and come with a subscription license to a suite of IBM software built around Lotus Workspace.
The base model would come with one processor assembly consisting of a single PowerPC-derived core with eight attached processors to deliver, at 4 GHz, the potential for roughly 10 times the floating point performance of a Pentium 4 Latest News about Pentium 4 Extreme at 3.4 GHz and equivalent or better processing. More of that potential floating point performance would be useful than you might expect, despite the change in software because graphics and network-packet management would be handled by the primary processor and its attached processor array
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