Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max

Apple unveils M2 Pro and M2 Max: next-generation chips for next-level workflows - Apple

Built using a second-generation 5-nanometer process technology, M2 Pro consists of 40 billion transistors — nearly 20 percent more than M1 Pro, and double the amount in M2. It features 200GB/s of unified memory bandwidth — twice that of M2 — and up to 32GB of low-latency unified memory. The next-generation 10- or 12-core CPU consists of up to eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, resulting in multithreaded CPU performance that is up to 20 percent faster than the 10-core CPU in M1 Pro. Apps like Adobe Photoshop run heavy workloads faster than ever, and compiling in Xcode is up to 2.5x faster than on the fastest Intel-based MacBook Pro.

Buy 16-inch MacBook Pro - Apple

Microsoft processing HW: DPU

Microsoft acquires Fungible, a maker of data processing units, to bolster Azure | TechCrunch

Microsoft had acquired Fungible, a startup fabricating a type of data center hardware known as a data processing unit (DPU), for around $190 million.

A DPU is a dedicated piece of hardware designed to handle certain data processing tasks, including security and network routing for data traffic. The approach is intended to help reduce the load on CPUs and GPUs for core computing tasks related to a given workload.

AWS has a similar while more critical HW for managing all network communication and security outside of standard virtualization SW, as well as custom general-purpose processors. With processor manufacturing available "as a service" from TSMC, as now even from Intel, there is likely to be many more specialized, "domain specific" processors.

AWS Nitro System

AWS Graviton