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FP execution price is going up


Sam Machikovech, ars technica, Intel announces ‘evolution’ away from PC industry, ‘up to 12.000″ layoffs, here.

The Tuesday announcement clarified that the staffing cuts will affect approximately 11 percent of Intel’s global workforce and that the layoffs were meant to “accelerate [Intel’s] evolution from a PC company to one that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices.” A “majority” of affected employees will learn about their status within 60 days, while other staffers will have to wait until 2017.

Kirill Yukhin, GNU Tools Cauldron 2104, Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2015/2016 Support in GNU Compiler Collection, here.

Katherine Bourzac, MIT Tech Review, Moore’s Law’s Ultraviolet Savior Is Finally Ready, here.  Floating Point will not be on this ride. Economics will stop the progress in FP execution – maybe AVX 3.2 will make it out. It is not clear you get more than that.

It is easy to take for granted the advancements in our mobile phones, wearable electronics, and other gadgets. But advances in computing rely on processes that the semiconductor industry cannot take for granted. Moore’s Law, which says that computing power will double every two years, is already slowing (see “Intel Puts the Brakes on Moore’s Law”).

Now a key tool the tech industry hopes will offset that deceleration—one that private companies, academia, and governments around the world have invested billions of dollars and decades developing—is finally being tested in factories operated by Samsung, Intel, and other companies. This technology is called extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, and industry leaders say it could be used in high-volume chip manufacturing as early as 2018 (see “The Moore’s Law Moon Shot”).


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