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Uhm...lorenzo ho velocemente letto alcune parti del link che hai suggerito...ed alla tua domando?

Vogliamo proprio questa soluzione? siamo sicuri che vogliamo una Apple "solo" produttrice di software?

Io personalmente no.

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per fare un riassunto breve breve, entro poco ms potrebbe trovarsi di fronte al fatto di avere un os che gira su processori molto più lenti (già successo) ma soprattutto molto più costosi...

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si...però i processori per i mac dove sono? non ho avuto tempo di leggere niente, però di sfuggita ho visto che la xbox userà un chip multicore a 3.2ghz (credo). ora io dico: in un certo senso sarà pure una versione light dei ppc 9x, ma i conti non tornano... quando servono a MS e Sony i ghz arrivano e non ci sono neanche problemi di surriscaldamento. magari ho detto un mucchio di kazzate, sia chiaro.

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quando servono a MS e Sony i ghz arrivano e non ci sono neanche problemi di surriscaldamento. magari ho detto un mucchio di kazzate, sia chiaro.

Hai detto tutto quello che era contenuto nel mio bah... :)

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sempre da quel link. leggetelo, è molto appassionato, quindi magari non attendibilissimo, ma interessante.

The Result

Cell represents the largest threat the PC has ever faced. The PC can't use it's traditional advantage of software because the Cell can run the same software. It can't get an advantage in price or volume as Cell will also be made in huge volumes. Lastly it can't compete on the basis of Cell being proprietary because it's being made be a set of companies and they can sell to anyone. x86 is no less propriety than Cell. It looks like the PC may have finally met it's match.

The effect on Microsoft is more difficult to judge, if Cells take off MS will have difficulty supporting them as it will not allow the same level of control. Because Cells are a distributed architecture you could end up using a Windows machine as a client and having everything else running Linux or some other OS. Multiple machines not running Windows? I don't think that's something Microsoft is going to like.

Then there's also the issue that the main computations may be performed by the Cell with Windows essentially providing an interface. Porting the interface may take time but anything which runs on the Cell's itself is separate and will not need porting to different OSs, software cells are OS agnostic. I can't see that Microsoft are going to like this either.

Nothing is certain and it's not even clear if going up against the PC is something the STI partners are even interested in. But we can be sure Cell and the PC will eventually clash in one way or another.

However even if Cell does take over as the dominant architecture it's going to do so in a process which will take many years or even decades. Then there are areas where Cells may not have any particular advantage over PCs so irrespective of the outcome you can be sure x86 will still be around for a very, very long time.

Cell threatens the current Wintel dominance of the PC industry. The traditional means Intel and Microsoft have used to defend their turf may not prove effective but that's not to say it's a done deal, these companies should never be underestimated. If nothing else, it's certainly going to be an interesting fight.

Conclusion

The first Cell based desktop computer will be the fastest desktop computer in the industry by a very large margin. Even high end multi-core x86s will not get close. Companies who produce microprocessors or DSPs are going to have a very hard time fighting the power a Cell will deliver. We have never seen a leap in performance like this before and I don't expect we'll ever see one again, It'll send shock-waves through the entire industry and we'll see big changes as a result.

The sheer power and low cost of the Cell means it will present a challenge to the venerable PC. The PC has always been able to beat competition by virtue of it's huge software base, but this base is not as strong as it once was. A lot of software now runs on Linux and this is not dependant on x86 processors or Microsoft. Most PCs now provide more power than is necessary and this fact combined with fast JIT emulators means that if necessary the Cell can provide PC compatibility without the PC.

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Boh, francamente spero tanto che esca qualcosa di nuovo e sinceramente realistico, perché oggi come oggi, dati alla mano abbiamo dei G4 che non reggono la concorrenza in termini di prestazioni con gli equivalenti x86 (il centrino al momento è davvero più veloce delle cpu di motosola) mentre i G5 sebbene sicuramente più potetenti e "promettenti", non sono cresciuti di clock come ci si aspettava, e non hanno neanche ridotto i consumi (e il calore) in maniera sensibile da metterli dentro un portatile.

Ora c'è questa "promessa". Bene, speriamo che sia la volta buona, perché se anche questa possibilità dovesse rivelarsi una mezza fregatura, come troppo spesso ultimamente è stato, non rimane che ahimé passare ad x86 (inteso come passaggio a processori x86, non a windows :-P).

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