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    Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    He gets back on an Intel branded saddle shortly, "as a chip architect in Raja Koduri's group".
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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    so it really is Larrabee take 2. I told you! I'll wait for this one to never be released either.

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    so it really is Larrabee take 2. I told you! I'll wait for this one to never be released either.
    But it was an HPC board all along, it was never a video card. Intel wouldn't lie to us would they? Say it isn't so!

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    But it was an HPC board all along, it was never a video card. Intel wouldn't lie to us would they? Say it isn't so!
    Intel? Lie? The great bastion of truth and consumer-centric goodness and light?

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    which ever way you look at it... Intel are vacuming up the brains and making what they think will be the talent pot of the decade.

    OR.. they're worried that AMD we looking at these guys... and thought "we'll take them out of the market"

    and I believe they would do that

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    which ever way you look at it... Intel are vacuming up the brains and making what they think will be the talent pot of the decade.

    OR.. they're worried that AMD we looking at these guys... and thought "we'll take them out of the market"

    and I believe they would do that
    Throwing a lot of brains into a room doesn't always make a brilliant product, however. Unless they go with a fixed target and exercise restraint, they could end up with Larrabee 2 and it being considerably useless to the market.

    I suspect that Intel are going to follow the grain and make conventional GPUs and Logic Boards similar in design to the competition but exercise their expertise in making high performance silicon...and that's about it. They got burnt by Larrabee 1 so I doubt they want to do that again.

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Tabbykatze View Post
    I suspect that Intel are going to follow the grain and make conventional GPUs and Logic Boards similar in design to the competition but exercise their expertise in making high performance silicon...and that's about it. They got burnt by Larrabee 1 so I doubt they want to do that again.
    They get burnt by just about everything that isn't high end x86. Although in this case basing Larrabee on x86 was a pretty stupid move. Perhaps they should have based it on Itanium

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    ... basing Larrabee on x86 was a pretty stupid move. ...
    The salvage job they did - turning it into compute boards leveraged with heavily optimised compilers (and AVX512, of course) - wasn't half bad though, afaict.

    Given the technical group is "Core and Visual Computing" and he's not exactly a big name in successful GPU design, I wonder if he's being brought in to work on something else - an Atom successor maybe? Something embedded and massively parallel?

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    The salvage job they did - turning it into compute boards leveraged with heavily optimised compilers (and AVX512, of course) - wasn't half bad though, afaict.

    Given the technical group is "Core and Visual Computing" and he's not exactly a big name in successful GPU design, I wonder if he's being brought in to work on something else - an Atom successor maybe? Something embedded and massively parallel?
    something to get headlines, lots of press articles and no end product that meets the original claims?

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    The salvage job they did - turning it into compute boards leveraged with heavily optimised compilers (and AVX512, of course) - wasn't half bad though, afaict.
    AIUI they had to give an awful lot of them away to get any market traction.

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    AIUI they had to give an awful lot of them away to get any market traction.
    Hmm, probably. I strongly suspect they also cut some pretty good deals for educational use - I know there's a few Knight's Landing based nodes available for uni research projects. That said there's also a lot of traction for CUDA in that market, so I wouldn't call KNL a runaway success. AMD cards - after a brief spike in popularity when the 7000-series were launched - seem to have sunk again in that market...

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    First they have to change that awful name; Larrabee has nothing on GeForce.

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue08 View Post
    First they have to change that awful name; Larrabee has nothing on GeForce.
    tomb raider meets apiculture. Might have something in it:


    They'd better make it black and yellow striped that's all I can say. Mind you, it'll never get released so what does it matter.

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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    mind you it could all go wrong (just like we expect Larrabee to)


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    Re: Larrabee architect, Tom Forsyth, returns to Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by ik9000 View Post
    so it really is Larrabee take 2. I told you! I'll wait for this one to never be released either.
    Larrabee 2 with the main element the original was missing (if rumours are to be believed), coherent and functional drivers.

    I guess you could make a solid argument that Raja's track record is quite good on that front.

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