The Register’s continuing coverage of the Intel Developer Forum this week mentioned that Intel is continuing to push its plans to allow 3rd party developers to get up close and personal with its metal.
In a move that follows what AMD has done with Torrenza (which we mentioned here), Intel announced at the last IDF it had signed up Xilinx and Altera to make products that fit into Intel sockets.
…The idea is that high performance computing types, oil and gas firms and financial services companies can program the FPGAs to handle specific software loads and speed up the performance of their code.
Intel has now signed up XtremeData as a partner as well. More importantly, Gelsinger bragged that HP, IBM and Rackable Systems are all behind the FPGA push.
This is a pretty astonishing move by Intel, which has maintained strict control over what touches its precious sockets, and it took a more powerful AMD to break Intel’s socket stranglehold.
The article mentions several other Intel developments, most of which we’ve already covered. But Ashlee’s coverage is, as always, interesting and it makes a good read.