Apple has been manufacturing chips to use in its Macs for a while now, though the ARM-based silicon mostly backs up Intel's main CPUs during laptop "Power Nap" sessions. The company also makes its own silicon for iOS and Apple Watch devices. Now, according to a report at Bloomberg, Apple plans to replace Intel components with its own chips for Macs, starting as early as 2020. The process to replace Intel processors, called Kalamata internally, is still in the early stages, say Bloomberg's sources. Apple-made chips make sense for the tech company, especially in the wake of the security issues around Intel (and other manufacturer's) chip architecture.
The two recently disclosed vulnerabilities affecting all kinds of computer processors represented a huge threat to consumers and businesses around the globe. Thankfully, Intel offered up a partial fix -- so all good, right? You see, it turns out the patch that was issued by Intel has a few problems of its own. Now, things are so busted that the company is telling some of its customers to avoid the official patch altogether. This unfortunate development came to light Monday, when Intel issued an official statement telling a groups of its customers to just slow their roll when it comes to updating their critically vulnerable systems.
Since languages, tools, and applications are compatible for both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, now you can think "reuse" rather than "recode." The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor gives developers a hardware design point optimized for extreme parallelism, without requiring them to re-architect or rewrite their code. No need to rethink the entire problem or learn a new programming model; simply recompile and optimize existing code using familiar tools, libraries, and runtimes. By maintaining a single source code between Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, developers optimize once for parallelism, but maximize performance on both processor and coprocessor. Unlike a graphics processing unit (GPU), a coprocessor can be fully IP addressable, run offloaded code, and support standards such as Message Passing Interface (MPI).
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