* Posts by rav

151 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Feb 2011


10nm woes, CPU supply shortages, competition from AMD... What? Sorry? Intel can't hear you over the cash register going bonkers


An earnings beat from world wide layoffs.... seriously?

Intel lays off thousands world wide in order to post an earnings beat!! More to get the ax next month. Gotta keep the 1st quarter earnings upbeat!

AMD stands for Another Monetary Decline, while Apple continues to sell enough pricey kit to keep Wall Street happy


Hey Shaun....

"AMD stands for Another Monetary Decline" Are you channeling the Twitterflake in the White House now? That sounds like something Trump would say.

Yay, Intel chip shortages should be over soon! Nope. Strap in, at least another quarter or two to go, say PC execs


14nm is NOT a victim of 10 and 7nm expansion...

10nm fabs have already been built and have failed that is not news. Yields are in the crapper while at the same time Intel is lowering prices, margins are going to get creamed.

7nm Fabs have just broken ground a few months back and might be ready for validation the end of 2020. By the time Intel tapes out and validates any new 7nm microarchitecture AMD will be producing 4th Generation Ryzen on 5nm. Foiled Again.

Oracle goes on for 50 pages about why it thinks the Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract stinks



Oracle has partnered up with Microsoft in the DOD JEDI contract and they are also suing to win the award not by merit but by legal maneuvering and wrangling.

Oracle has no track record running a cloud server as big as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure. They are not simply qualified as evidenced by their loss in the first round of bidding. Oracle has become irrelevant.

Oracle's hope is to get Amazon disqualified so the big will go to Microsoft.

Arrays in a mangler, need new storage bed: Huawei and the US tech block


China owns no IP

"China has the IP license and designs for making the previous gen CPUs in china, and can continue to make them." That is like saying that the United States owns Intel and AMD IP.

Actually "China" does NOT own any IP. The IP is firmly held by AMD inside their majority OWNERSHIP of HYGON. AMD's minority ownership of SUGON markets and sells the silicon. AMD would simply close up HYGON and walk away after destroying the masks. TSMC would continue to fab X86 Dhayana for AMD SUGON who pays royalties back to AMD.

And again "CHINA" has no fab capability. TSMC and UMC do. If they violated ANY client confidentiality regarding client IP they would be out of business.

If the Chinese Government wanted to design their own x86 cpu clone they most certainly could. It has been done many times in the past by other companies. Zhaoxin has developed an x86 clone. In fact the Russians cloned the 8080 processor years ago. ALTAIR did as well. In fact the Russians have been copying US processors for years but they are junk.


Re: Why would China care about licensing

China does not need to steal IP. They can simply design their own x86 silicon. The problem is they have no fabrication outside of TSMC.

All AMD is doing is designing a zen cored cpu inside of HYGON. There is no secret recipe.

China is not interested in marketing they will be more than happy producing the same cpu as long as it is SECURE from NSA backdoors.

In the west we see cpu design as a matter of who can sell the fastest cpu; Intel or AMD. China has no such marketing scheme. They simply do not care. ALl the care about is security.


IP License.

China does NOT have an AMD IP license. AMD is the majority owner of HYGON. HYGON has the right to design AMD x86 cpu's and contract for fabrication at TSMC. The silicon is then turned over to SUGON a AMD minority owned company for marketing and distribution.

The IP is firmly held by AMD.

AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha



AMD shader IP has been upheld by the US Court of Appeals.

Why does TheRegister support IP theft?

Intel GPU just suffered a major setback


Asynchronous Compute Engines: IP worth fighting for.

Obviously AMD is not going to let ANYONE poach their Asynchronous Compute and Asynchronous Shader Pipeline Technology.

They certainly can not impede software emulation but we've all seen just how that has worked for NVidia.

Google the patents of G H Loh or Gabriel H Loh. He is an AMD fellow and has dozens of memory and grapics patenst co-owned by AMD. Especially patenst regarding HBM memory. And using HBM memory or stacked memory with GPU's and programmable cache.


Re: Then there will be one

What you fail to understand Grasshopper, computers no longer just depend on CPU's they must have efficient and powerfull GPU's.

Without GPU's the PC, Tablet, or Smartphone is junk.

Only AMD and NVidia design and fab GPU's and Intel rather lame foray into graphics computing just demonstrates this weakness. Even the top CPU manufacturer can not get it done without NVidia patents and even then the result was laughably poor.

US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD


DVD is pretty common for Government Proposals.

DVD's are not uncommon for US Government RFP's. When the media is handed over, a transmittal letter is generated acknowledging receipt.

The problem with uploading data is there is no person to person hand off nor is there a hard signature as a receipt.

Nvidia just can't grab a break. Revenues up, profit nearly doubles... and stock down 20%


The pain is far from over for nVidia. Demand for nvidia GPU's will drop this year.

Intel’s 10nm failure is going to hit nVidia pretty hard.

Intel has already announced they will be producing 25% LESS or essentially cutting CPU shipments to the PC building sector by 2 million units in Q4 2018 in order to cover server and laptop commitments on their already overworked and obsolete 14nm process. Obviously Intel fears AMD’s EPYC market share gains in the Server and HPC space so much they treat the desktop space as a forlorn hope.

According to Digitimes and a recent piece on Tom’s Hardware “Intel Cuts CPU Shipments by 2M, Motherboard Makers May Suffer – Report” does not bode well for nVidia. If mobo makers will suffer then nVidia is going to get hammered.

If Intel is cutting shipments then NVDA is loosing sockets to put GPU's in.

nVidia attachment rates to Intel motherboards is virtually 100%. Intel is essentially reducing the possible sockets available to nVidia by 2 million units through the end of this year.

AMD Radeon attachment rates to Intel motherboards is relatively low so the decrease in Intel silicon will have zero impact. And of course the attachment rate of nVidia to AMD motherboards is extremely rare.

AMD will grab market share gains in desktops and laptops from both Intel and nVidia.

Jensen Huang could have at least warned of a miss several weeks back. Unless they had NO CLUE.

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops


Everybody is listening in; fortunately most of have nothing to say.....

The best way for the NSA to tap the internet is to offer VPN and seedbox services. This way the spying costs are funded by subscriptions to supposedly secure and anonymous services.

Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32


Re: Gimme speed

More cores allow you to browse, play music, use Xcel,

You are right most folks just may not need 32 threads. So what!!!! That does not keep them from wanting 32 cores!!!

Besides Intel has for years been touting their leadership with multicore performance. Now they are on the other end of that stick and some folks just do not like that!!!


Re: where's the innovation?

Actually the innovation is 4 - 8 core 16 thread dies rather than a single massive and very expensive die.

The innovation is also infinity fabric. Then there will be 7nm TR3!!!

TR1 is now about $500. I expect TR2 to be released at less than $1200.


Re: where's the innovation?

Not everybody is satisfied driving a Prius. Some folks do want a Maserati or Shelby Cobra.

As for me, I will build one for computer chess. I can't wait to get my hands on TR2.

Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins


Complete security is a MYTH there is ALWAYS the human element to bugger up the works.

"...rogue host-level administrator,"


If a "rogue host-level administrator" is in charge of your network then you have bigger problems. Why did you hire the wanker in the first place?

There is NO SUCH THING as total security and there never will be.

Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat


Debranding and forcing AMD out of gaming is anti-competitive and monopolistic.

ASUS was selling BOTH Radeon and Geforce under the Republic of Gamers or ROG brand. nVidia forced ASUS to DEBRAND RADEON from ROG. Let's now see if ASUS returns RADEON to the ROG BRAND.

nVidia did not want ASUS or any other OEM to sell RADEON as a GAMING BRANDED AIB.



The EU is still trying to collect on the 2BILLION EURO fine they imposed upon INTEL for dirty tricks.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation


Actually the correct term should have been Quantum Coupled. A change in the Quantum state in one system is INSTANTANEOUSLY made to the second system.

Quantum coupled communications would be instantaneous regardless of distance.


Alien Exterminators came and saw TRUMP.

Why waste a perfectly good asteroid for an extinction event when TRUMP will destroy them anyway.


Radio communications are not used.

I suspect that radio communication is no longer used in favor of communication through quantum coupling.

Instantaneous, unlimited range and absolutely secure. Even the internet could be distributed by quantum coupling.

Quantum coupled communications is essentially on our own horizon. Making our own radio wave detectable wavefront only 150 light years or so.

Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in Epyc chip


AMD EPYC in China too


You will need to use Chrome to translate the page!

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws



From CTS

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And this......

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CTS is telling the world it is ALL bullshyte and they have a financial stake in AMD.

Yet the on-line media is writing about nothing else.

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly


Serverless? So what is it?

The entire piece does not define serverless except in terms of what it is like.

Drop the metaphors and get real will ya?

Oh I get it, you don't know what serverless is either.

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign


Is this latest Intel BUG really a surprise????

Intel is obviously cutting back on it's hardware validation procedures in their rush to put products on the market to compete with AMD Ryzen, Threadripper and EPYC processors.

As a for instance, AMD took almost 3 years to validate Ryzen and EPYC prior to launch. Intel seems to be taking less than a year.

Of course QC will suffer. In fact this bug has been known for several months.

Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips



What happens if the AI driving your car doesn't like you?

Web uni says it will get you a tech job or your money back. So our man Kieren signed up...


"...what is the value of an OpenClassrooms "degree" in the US job market?"

As an American who has worked for 28 years in Architecture, Engineering and Construction I can easily state that online degrees have ZERO CREDIBILITY. And ZERO VALUE. Hiring managers simply will not take the risk.

A firm may hire a CAD drafter who was trained online but only for very basic work such as redlines and revisions. The depth of knowledge just can not be acquired online that is acquired in a traditional classroom setting that promotes interaction between peers and professors.

Online learning is in fact trying to make an autodidact of every student which is of course absurd.

A Professional Degree can not be awarded for online learning.

Would you want to live in a house designed by an Online Engineer? Or have your appendix removed by an online Doctor?

Online learning creates an a new layer of education that is trying to find a role someplace between a High School Diploma and a two year Associates degree.

One thing though is for certain. When education is "FOR PROFIT" can it really be called education?

'Self learning' Intel chips glimpsed, Nvidia emits blueprints, AMD and Tesla rumors, and more


Neuromorphic computing loosely mimics the activity of a brain. Seriously?

The problem with BRAINS is they often go INSANE.

Besides the whole announcement is Bullshyte.

Hardware is NOTHING without software.

What's a 'good' quarter at AMD these days? Chucking $73m on a fire


Re: Well When I'm not making a monthly loss

You know who buys fast multi-core cpu's for gaming? Chess Professionals.

EPYC would look particularly attractive to professional chess-players. I am of course speaking of those who play at a Grandmaster level and who need fast analysis.


Has the Register become an Intel SHILL?

I have always perceived The Register to be a good source for unbiased clarity.

It now appears that hyperbole and click bait is becoming the practice.

In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD


EPYC TDP explained here. "TDP's aren't everything"

Thomas Ryan writes a good piece regarding TDP here:


"From a power efficiency perspective moving data around is a great way to burn power. This is why we often see a focus on increasing cache sizes and reducing the need to physically move data around inside of modern chips. Given this point of reference one could see EPYC’s epic focus on I/O as a conscious attempt to build a chip that burns most of its Watts not on number crunching but on data movement."

Men who sleep with lots of women lessen risk of prostate cancer


sleeping around, STD's, CANCER....etc.....

Has any of these studies including WANKING?

Would a better Wanking Engine lower prostate cancer rates?


...build a better Wanking Engine and world comes to your door?

EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU


"...real competition to the Intel elephant? That seems unlikely,..."


...that seems unlikely?

Seriously! AMD's Zeppelin "chiplet" which is the 8 core 16 thread foundation for AMD's upcoming MCM micro-architecture and retails PACKAGED for about $445 in the Ryzen 1800x version. ANd AMD is enjoying huge yield number as well.

Intel has no answer that at all.

Zeppelin combined on an interposer is the Treadripper 16 core 32 thread beast that DELL's Alienware is releasing as it's top gaming rig come July 27 2017. Threadripperis expected to cost about $850.

Intel has no answer to that. The best it has is i7-6950x which is a paltry 10 core's and costs $1500.

Intel however promises to release i9 18 core but again it will cost $2000. i9 is a massive slab of silicon and yields will be in the loo. Intel also does not enjoy the use of certain patents by Gabriel H Loh and AMD. Google that and see. AMD has beaucoup patents for memory control and cpu + gpu and stacked memory all on an interposer. Intel has done absolutely no work with this concept.

EPYC is built from either Zeppelin or similar microarchitecture, an MCM that promises to be at the very least 60% of Intel cost while providing about 40%+- more bandwidth and ABOUT the same TDP.


What do you want? The Spanish Inquisition?

AMD, Nvidia in pro GPU battle


Top end GPU is not realy needed, except by a very few!!!!

Extreme end GPU's are not needed by the great majority of Architecture and Engineering firms. The majority of the CAD staff are not "power users" so the majority of work can be done with a very good gaming card.

Out of a 100 seat firm it is probable that only 10 full workstations would be needed.

Don't let those workstation salesman sell you goods you do not really need.

Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC


WOW Quantum Computing from NASA......

next they'll be saying that Andrea Rossi has reinvented COLD FUSION and the EM Drive just needs Di-Lithium Crystals.

Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?


Government TRUSTED with a BACKDOOR!!! RTFLOL

Crypto with a BACKDOOR is as secure as a VIRGIN wearing a chastity belt wearing the key around her neck.

Trusting Government with your security is useless.

All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall


Re: Riddle.

Actually it kinda feels like an Apple MacIntosh commercial.

AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization


What AMD is really saying about VM....

Most graphic workflows do not need a workstation dGPU card.

A good midrange gaming card will do quite nicely.

This is especially true with engineering and architecture firms, they do not need to build-out workstations for every draftsman in the firm. Just the power-users or top modelers and renderers.

The rest can get by quite nicely with an APU and gaming dGPU running in CrossFire mode.


Re: Coming soon

Hmmm.... have you forgotten FreeSync?

Now Intel supports it as opposed to NVidia Not-so-freeSync.

And at one time it too was coming soon!

And of course there is HBM!! Delivered ON TIME and UNDER BUDGET. Who would have thunk a top flight dGPU for $699!!!

And of course HBM2 is also coming soon!!

So... your point is...?

The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all


Moore's Wish?

"..overall processing power of computers, would double every two years"

Well that has been thoroughly debunked!

Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150


HDTV + Monitor review????

I was about to point out that at tis price entry, a better review would be the HDTV / Monitor.

Then I realised that you must pay a license fee for each TV that you own I guess to support BBC.

THen I realised that BBC is produces some damm good content compared to the crap produced in the US.

SO how about an HDTV / Monitor combination review? Largely so I can watch the content prvided on-line!!!

This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha


Apple iPhone 6 is cheap and bendy

"Review It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans."

SO now that Apply 6 is cheap and bendy where is the criticism?


Samsung = Value

With Apple reporting so much profit this past quarter one has to wonder what is the consumer actually buying with an iPhone?

Clearly he margins are very high on iPhone 6, so high as to make the slab overpriced and completely lacking in value.

FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'


Re: Perhaps the FBI should read the law?

Even with a warrant, you are not required to provide passwords. That has been ruled as a violation of your 5th amendment rights to self incrimination.

A warrant provides law enforcement the right to gan entry and search.

But you as the defendant do not have to assist. If you wish to encryt then that is your right.

NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days


Re: Paradigms

Actually neither are proven. They just happen to fit our understanding of physics today.

If they were proven then there would be a Unified Field Theory and there is not.

Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy



The video did NOT have to be aired. But it was and it was done intentionally to cause harm through public shaming.

Certainly the video was not aired to benefit the woman in question but rather her indiscretion was used to benefit the production.

She should be at least paid for the use of that video.

I don;t know what lible law is in the UK but in the States libel is based on intent to do harm.

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation


WFIF Barbie or How to entrap parents with their kid's chat's to their dollie.

The Real reason Mattel is releasing WIFI Barbie is to entrap parents and others who might be abusing their children, or saying or doing things that their children would not normally reveal. Of course little Janie will tell her Barbie anything.

That's the kicker though, who knows what your kid will say?

While protecting children is a noble undertaking, somehow this whole marketing idea is just plain repugnant.


Hmmm... How about a gun that alks to it's shooter?

Or how about a WIFI connect beer bottle to talk you out of fallng off the wagon?

These are "conscience" products. Since we have stopped listening to people maybe we'll listen to products.

What happens when the beer bottle becomes a nag?

Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU


Is all this necessary?

Why do we have to have an "internet of things"?

Is it improving our lives? NO. We are being spied upon, tracked and stalked.

All of the data that drops out of devices is being collated, scanned and judged. If some algorythm determines that you are livng the life of a criminal or terrorist then your life is over.

Your privacy is already gone.

It is illegal in all 50 United States to monitor and record conversations whose participants expect a reasonable expectation of privacy.

This is a class action lawsuit just waiting to slam dunk Samsung.

Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE


An exact definition of Pie?????

Pie is an irrational number and can never be exactly known, just approximated.