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Jeff Dean, the x86 RISC chips, and Power9


Jeff Dean, 2009, Google, Challenges in Building Large-Scale Information Retrieval Systems, here.

1999 vs. 2009

  • # docs: ~70M to many billion
  • queries processed/day:
  • per doc info in index:
  • update latency: months to minutes
  • avg. query latency: <1s to <0.2s
  • More machines * faster machines:

~100X ~1000X ~3X ~10000X ~5X~1000X

Cade Metz, 21 Mar 2018, New York Times, Computer Chip Visionaries Win Turing Award, here. Students, the x86 architecture was one of the greatest RISC architectures and one of Patterson’s greatest accomplishments, and for this he won the Turing Award.

Today, more than 99 percent of all new chips use the RISC architecture, according to the association.

Joel Hruska, 21 Mar 2018, ExtremeTech, IBMS’s Power9 Could Dent x86 Server Market With Emphasis on GPU Compute, here.

EETimes has a profile of Power9’s overall market performance as part of the Facebook Open Compute Project. Google, Alibaba, and Tencent are all working on Power9 systems, with Tencent claiming that Power9 offers 30 percent more performance than an equivalent x86 installation while using less rack space and fewer servers. There are also reports of Power9 being quietly prepped for deployment by at least one major web company and for a major data center customer. IBM reportedly wants to win at least 20 percent of the Linux server market for >$5,000 servers and the company has put a major push behind Power9 as a GPU compute and artificial intelligence research platform, with the launch of its AC922 “Newell” platform late in 2017.


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