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The 'standard' PC

Discussion in 'General Computer Discussions' started by amusicsite, 30 Jun 2017.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member


    The story of the IBM compatible PC is a fascinating one of egos, business and changing the way business was done. Though it's a bit of a rush to get there first.

    The rush job was good enough to keep the IBM architecture, with modifications, king for most of the PC's history.

    That could be about to change though. Big corporations like HP, IBM, Google and even the likes of Facebook have been taking a hard look at the computer architecture and looked for ways to optimises it. This is mainly driven by the massive online server farms that need masses of CPU power. Tiny bits of efficiency can save you millions.

    So the race is on again to crack the next generation of ultra small and massively powerful computers. With things like almost unlimited memory on the CPU chip and other potential advances the old motherboard could undergo some massive changes and along with that the old IBM architecture may finally be put to rest.
    Last edited: 30 Jun 2017
  2. classic33

    classic33 Über Geek

    Where's the quantum PC?
    Is there anything more to quantum computers than talk, talk, talk? You might have given up waiting – after all, it's been more than 30 years since physicist Richard Feynman came up with the idea. He wanted to harness spooky quantum effects to seriously surpass the processing power of any normal computer. In that time, normal computers have become around a billion times faster. Quantum computers, by contrast, are still struggling with primary school arithmetic.

    At long last, though, there's good news. In laboratories around the world, researchers have been beavering away, and they can't help feeling there's magic in the air. "Some aspects of this field are getting tantalisingly close," says Matthias Steffen of IBM's quantum computing division based in New York. You can even buy a quantum computer right now – maybe – but you'll need deep pockets. It doesn't matter what apps you're planning to run, this much computational horsepower doesn't come cheap.

    With that warning in place, let New Scientist help you make an informed choice – whether you're an online game freak looking to take multiplayer to a whole new level, an engineering powerhouse looking to stay one step ahead, or a security service worried about keeping the nation's secrets under lock and key. Over the next few pages you'll find out what they can do, what different kinds are on offer, and whether you'll have to turn the back bedroom into a cryogenic coolant plant.


    Not certain I like the price tag though!