<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/circuits.jpg” alt=”” width=”112″ height=”101″ />In a recent report in Real World Technologies, chip guru David Kanter dissects the new 64-bit ARM design and what it might mean to the IT landscape. His take on the architecture is almost uniformly positive, noting that not only did the designers manage to develop an elegant instruction set that was backwardly compatible with the existing ISA, but they also took the extra step to jettison a few of the poorly designed features of the 32-bit architecture.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”99″ height=”78″ />Intel has released a partial software stack for Knights Corner, the company’s first commercial chip based on its Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture. Also released were a number of documents describing the processor’s micro-architecture, including the Knights Corner Instruction Set (ISA) Manual, which will help toolmakers and application developers build software for the upcoming chip.
Government wants to standardize on a single ISA to spur the domestic market and lessens it reliance on foreign chips