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August 2014

The processor problem: One size doesn't fit

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Conventional x86 processors try to do everything, but they are power hungry and performance inefficient. Stripping down processors to get the necessary functions for the required tasks saves power and speeds performance. This is the new emphasis in the emerging Atom variants (one for servers, another for storage, another for networks, etc.). It's about systems vendors using the best hardware for particular jobs -- the driver is the need for more speed and less power. Also, for tasks involving big data, scientific modeling and engineering design, special graphics processing units might be justified.

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Stephen J. Bigelow - Senior Technology Editor

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Table Of Contents

  • New designs match processors with the task
  • Specialized graphics processors help with big data, design

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