There is a nice demo of a 1.6 gHz Atom competing against an ARM chip. It’s a close race, even though the ARM chip has a 500 MHz clock. A lot of operations are limited by memory bandwidth or I/O bandwidth rather than CPU speed. The lower cost of chips with ARM CPUs and the lower power consumption are leading many to consider ARM for other uses than smart-phones. Even Dell is playing with ARM on servers, trying to increase density while reducing power consumption. The world of IT is becoming a lot more competitive with increasing choices. The fact that a lot of GNU/Linux software is already ported to ARM gives it the inside track in running the new systems. 2010 is the year of ARM.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.