Re: Optical DSPs promise tera-ops performance

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 03:01:56 MDT

On Tue, 9 Oct 2001, James Rogers wrote:

> up something to fit the extra processing units on the die. AI-type work
> needs tons of RAM and proper hardware memory management, so at best DSP

Tons of RAM, yes. Proper hardware memory management, no. I could imagine
a machine from some 10^6 embedded memory processors doing something
interesting. MMUs are only useful if you have to manage off-die memory.

> might be useful for offloading certain types of computationally intensive
> operations (e.g. real-time audio analysis).

AI is intrinsically computationally intensive. AI is pure number crunch,
though not floating point crunch.

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