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Gordon Bell sighting
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> Posted 16/06/99 11:29am by Mike Magee
> Top Microsoft boffin votes for Russian Merced Killer
> The Elbrus E2K processor, dubbed the Merced Killer, has received unexpected
> endorsement from a senior Microsoft executive.
> Gordon Bell, who heads the Microsoft research unit, and developed DEC
PDP and Vax,
> presented a table at this year's International Symposium on High
> which shows Merced in a poor light compared to the Russian chip.
> The slide Bell showed gave the E2K's clock frequency as 1.2GHz, compared
> .8GHz, SPECint85/SPECfp95 as 135/350 compared to 45/70, Due size as 126
> compared to Merced's 300 sq mm, power dissipation as 35 watts compared
to 60 watts.
> For the E2K, bus bandwidth as 15Gbyte/sec, cache sizes as 64/256K,
GFLOPS as 10.2
> and system ship in Q4 2001.
> Bell's slide showed these last four categories as non appplicable to the
> By the way, has Merced taped out yet, anyone? ®
> See also
> Battle royal breaks out over Russian chip claim
> Intel uses Russian military technologies
> Russian Merced Killer to achieve 600MHz
> Russian chip makers get to .35 micron
> Moscow government to support Merced Killer
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> However, there was a secret IBM project that operated in parallel
with the development and deployment of the Model 91
> with a goal to produce a supercomputer that would advance scientific
computing with as much impact as did the IBM
> Stretch. Indeed, like Stretch, it encountered difficulties and
criticisms, and even more so than Stretch its contributions and
> achievements remain relatively untold.
> It is my hope that this set of web pages (and I hope later
publication) will help reveal more complete histories of the ACS-1
> and the ACS-360 -- the amazing IBM supercomputers that were designed
and engineered in the 1960's -- and thus fill in
> details that are only given as hints in John Cocke's Turing Award
Lecture and given as a brief section (7.5) in the wonderful
> book on IBM history by Emerson Pugh, Lyle Johnson, and John Palmer.
> Out of this project, therefore, came numerous advances in
compiler technology, and, more importantly,
> the foundations of the theory of program analysis and
> -- Fran Allen, The history of language processor technology in