The problem with prefetch
Posted May 25, 2011 22:05 UTC (Wed) by pphaneuf
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Yeah, I don't know about the power consumption, but while it would put out a good deal of heat, the SX-4 was the first of the SX series to be air-cooled. I'm not sure if the SX-3 used SRAM or DRAM (it was before my time), but that one was water-cooled.
While the vector performance was amazing, it was pretty sluggish for scalar stuff, so we didn't even use it for compiling, it was too slow.
Not saying that this is the end-all, be-all (the SX-5 traded in the SRAM for DRAM, and in exchange got 128 gigabytes of it, which was a whole lot in 1999 or 2000!), but just pointing out that it's been used on supercomputers (and I've used them), and it didn't require liquid nitrogen.
Here is a photo of one of the four SX-5 I helped look after.
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