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  1. Er, what? I couldn't parse any of that. I run...

    Er, what? I couldn't parse any of that.

    I run Ubuntu, and use OpenMP all the time for high performance numerical simulations. Works well, but it'd be nice to try with Clang rather than GCC.
  2. Ah Valve. You're some of my favourite people.

    Ah Valve. You're some of my favourite people.
  3. Yes, really. Say you get a benchmark score of...

    Yes, really.

    Say you get a benchmark score of 80 FLOPS, iterations, whatever. Say it took 30 seconds, and the CPU used an average power of 50W over that time. So

    Performance per Watt =...
  4. I doubt it. I've never seen Michael fix an...

    I doubt it. I've never seen Michael fix an article, no matter how egregious the error.

    I actually came here to post a comment about the graph fail, but was gratified to see that everybody is...
  5. I always knew GRUB was the "everything including...

    I always knew GRUB was the "everything including the kitchen sink" bootloader, but even with that in mind, I boggled at this entry in the changelog:



    * Morse code output using system speaker
    ...
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    Nice set of benchmarks

    That was a great set of benchmarks, Michael. Comprehensive, wide selection of applications, plus performance per watt.

    Thanks!
  7. The performance advantage of Windows over Linux...

    The performance advantage of Windows over Linux in the GPUTest Furmark and Pixmark is almost exactly a factor of two. This holds across all graphics cards from both vendors.

    This suggests it's...
  8. Kudos Michael, that was a good set of benchmarks....

    Kudos Michael, that was a good set of benchmarks. Relevant variables clearly seperated out and compared, with some demanding tests included (even if most of them failed!) rather than just open source...
  9. A couple of those results look odd. The Nexuiz...

    A couple of those results look odd.

    The Nexuiz 2.5.2 results are basically identical (to 4 significant figures!) between the 1920x1080 and the 2560x1600 resolutions. Even if that game were CPU...
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    Agreed. We use it for stochastic simulations,...

    Agreed. We use it for stochastic simulations, where each path numerically solves a set of stochastic partial differential equations with different noises. The processes only need to communicate...
  11. I'm curious, not judging.

    I'm curious, not judging.
  12. Wow, this is the most enthusiastic I've ever seen...

    Wow, this is the most enthusiastic I've ever seen you on these forums. In fact, it's the *only* time I've seen you enthusiastic :-P

    Do you work for them?
  13. I'm not sure that characterisation is entirely...

    I'm not sure that characterisation is entirely fair.

    From the benchmarks, in some cases 3D is faster, and in some cases 2D is faster. The only non-trivial difference is with Xonotic 0.6.

    Based...
  14. Me too. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

    Me too. I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!
  15. As people have pointed out, at lot of UI stuff is...

    As people have pointed out, at lot of UI stuff is SVG or some other form of vector graphics. Text is not bit-mapped either - it's drawn according to control points and hints - and as such will scale...
  16. You're right, the article isn't clear. That's...

    You're right, the article isn't clear. That's just what I infer.

    First we have



    Presumably this refers to Nvidia's binary driver. Then we have
  17. I think people are missing the point

    Quite a few people here seem to be making the assumption that the Chinese chose AMD because they have open source drivers (to be fair, this is what Michael's article says). Having actually read the...
  18. Not sure this is correct - one of the most...

    Not sure this is correct - one of the most comprehensive Windows reviews I saw was Anand's: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5699/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-review/1

    They tested a large number of games,...
  19. To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised how much...

    To be honest, I'm pleasantly surprised how much on par the Windows and Linux drivers versions are. I wouldn't have expected that, and removes one reason companies might trot out for not porting games...
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    Laying aside the fact that they do contribute...

    Laying aside the fact that they do contribute upstream (not so much as Red Hat, obviously, and not in the kernel/driver space), I think Ubuntu has had a huge and beneficial effect on the entire linux...
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