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razing32 commented on 20 July 2019 at 12:55 am UTC

Here's a question i have after 4 beers on a Friday evening.
What are the benefits of Sparc64 vs amd64/x86 ?
What processes/operations does it give a benefit on ?
Also is there a consumer grade version - or is there no point since it is ultra specialized for super computers.

GustyGhost commented on 20 July 2019 at 4:30 pm UTC

If you can slap a GPU into a PCIe bus, then there isn't much that you couldn't also do on x86 (assuming the code is freely available. For proprietary programs, you're SoL.)

Shmerl commented on 21 July 2019 at 5:16 pm UTC

There are no FOSS drivers for recent GPUs really. I'd say today it's just a fun architecture to poke at, but there are no practical benefits. Also, since Sun's demise, I don't think anyone is working on it.

razing32 commented on 21 July 2019 at 8:54 pm UTC

Fair enough. Interesting takes.
Was curios if it's worth poking at , but if it's a dead end , oh well.

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