It's the quiet ones you have to watch
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist. bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview. They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA. They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies.
"What would happen if multi-core processors increase core counts further though, does David believe that this will give
consumers enough power to deliver what most of them need and, as a result of that, would it erode away at Nvidia's
consumer installed base?
"No, that’s ridiculous – it would be at least a thousand times too slow [for graphics]," he said. "Adding four more
cores, for example, is not going anywhere near close to what is required."
But what about Larrabee - do you think Intel will get close to Nvidia with that? "There are no numbers [for Larrabee]
yet – there’s only slideware. The way that slideware works is that everything is perfect."
What if Nvidia has underestimated Intel though and they build an efficient microarchitecture that scales really well in
graphics? "I'm not going to get into all of the details especially for Larrabee, but they're missing some pretty
important pieces about how a GPU works. Without being too negative, we see Larrabee as the GPU that a CPU designer
would build, not the GPU you'd build if you were a GPU designer."
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