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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
Performance Computing
>  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
to Merced's
>  .8GHz, SPECint85/SPECfp95 as 135/350 compared to 45/70, Due size as 126
sq mm
>  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
>  microprocessor. 
>  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
IBM (1981)