AMD's reverse multi-threading is a pipe dream

Written by Tim Smalley

July 17, 2006 | 16:22

Tags: #does #dream #hyperthreading #multi #not #threading

Companies: #amd

Two sources close to AMD have claimed that information about the dreamed-up technology was not true and reverse multi-threading is nothing more than a pipe dream.

The sources - cited by X-bit Labs and The Inquirer - both maintained that the technology didn't exist. One source suggested that the idea represents a misunderstanding of another technology, but the source didn't go into any more detail.

Originally, the technology was said to be about boosting performance in games, which are mainly single-threaded applications at the moment. However, there are games like Quake 4, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Call Of Duty 2 that enable owners of dual core processors to benefit from performance improvements.

Given that games developers are making moves towards programming game engines to benefit from dual core processors, it makes little sense for AMD to introduce a technology that will ultimately slow down the transition to multi-threaded game engines.

After all, AMD wants to sell multi-core processors, so it makes more financial sense for the company to help developers make the transition to multiple threads.

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