08/20/2021, 1:38 PM
When Alan Kay (rightfully so) complained about the lack of innovation in hardware - for PCs… I think he hadn’t seen the progress in this whole AI Chip Industry…


Ivan Reese

08/20/2021, 3:58 PM
For someone who hasn't been keeping up with this... what is it about this chip that makes it different from all the other stuff going on elsewhere with hardware? (In particular, with respect to the aspects that Kay identified as lacking.)


08/26/2021, 7:57 AM
Good point Ivan! IAS far as I could see the tile design is a new approach to scaling with bandwidth.
I think Kay was referring to the Alto which had a kind of CPU which had instructions that worked as a kind of byte code interpreter. This kind of approach Intel never adopted. These Tesla AI chips do not have that flexibility (hardware VM) but at least it goes beyond x86…