iXBT Labs heeft een artikeltje in elkaar geknalt met speculaties over de zwaar geheimzinnige Elbrus E2K, een in Rusland ontwikkelde processor die naar verwachting drie tot vijf maal de performance van de Intel Merced heeft. Klinkt allemaal iets te lekker!?
Elbrus E2K with EPIC architecture is developed by Russian company Elbrus International (www.elbrus.ru). The project is led by Boris A. Babaian, Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Science. Mass production is planned for 2001 in case the financial basis remains sufficient. We can suppose that E2K prototype will be introduced by the beginning of the year 2000. And it is likely to be manufactured on a mini-plant in Moscow. Now the processor exists only in form of a certain description on a special language called Verilog. This description embodies the final stage of the logical projection, and then the Verilog description will be transferred into the silicon. The system software set for E2K is already completed. It includes the parallelizing compiler and binary x86 code translator. About two years ago Elbrus showed the running of MS Windows 95 and MS FlightSimulator game on Sun workstation with UltraSPARC processor. Elbrus E2K is expected to be much cooler than the American achievements in all respects. The E2K will deliver higher performance with lower power and less silicon. Moreover, the software binary translation provides absolute compatibility with x86 code almost without any performance reduction, which is not much worse than in case of E2K original code. By the way, the programming languages C and C++ with E2K static type are very likely to acquire new peculiar features: hardware supported type dynamics and context protection.
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