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    [News] Intel Could Develop its own big.LITTLE x86 Adaptation

    https://www.techpowerup.com/243071/i...x86-adaptation

    big.LITTLE is an innovation by ARM, which seeks to minimize power-draw on mobile devices. It is a sort of heterogeneous multi-core CPU design, in which a few "big" high-performance CPU cores work alongside a few extremely low-power "little" CPU cores. The idea here is that the low-power cores consume much lesser power at max load, than the high-performance cores at their minimum power-state, so the high-performance cores can be power-gated when the system doesn't need them (i.e. most of the time).

    Intel finds itself with two distinct x86 implementations at any given time. It has low-power CPU micro-architectures such as "Silvermont," "Goldmont," and "Goldmont Plus," etc., implemented on low-power product lines such as the Pentium Silver series; and it has high-performance micro-architectures, such as "Haswell," "Skylake," and "Coffee Lake." The company wants to take a swing at its own heterogeneous multi-core CPU, according to tech stock analyst Ashraf Eassa, with the Motley Fool.

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    Then the fun part is getting Windows to recognize that and not put your render job on the low power cores
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    They'd just have to modify the scheduler; shouldn't be a huge deal.
    On the other hand, this is Microsoft, so yeah - exactly what you describe is definitely going to happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Then the fun part is getting Windows to recognize that and not put your render job on the low power cores
    actually the low power cores are PERFECT for the render job.

    More specifically 100 of those low power cores working together are perfect for the render job (assuming it's embarrassingly parallel, and it probably is).

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