"Intel will be introducing SMT into their Foster chips in the
summer, sources close to the project have confirmed to The
Register. And with Project Jackson, its codename at Satan Clara
[sic], Intel will break with its traditional approach to
microprocessor design by introducing SMT, or 'simultaneously
multithreading', which presents two "virtual" processors to
"Jackson was first referred to by our very own Mike Magee last
September here, in a scoop that mentioned multi-threading
capabilities being built into Foster, the first chip to be based on
Intel's P7 core that's used in Pentium IV. That slide was made
public, and then withdrawn, but shortly before Xmas eagle eyed
Ace's Hardware discovered that Linux support for processor was
brewing. A to-do entry in Red Hat's Enterprise Change Log read:- "
Tue Oct 10 2000 ... Adding support for the second logical processor
on each physical processor of a Jackson Technology enabled
Willamette CPU still needs to be added [sic]". That link from
Ace's has also been pulled, but given the persistent nature of
Linux change logs (and Google caches) it led to much informed
speculation whether Jackson was really a designs big-bang for
Intel, or whether it simply represented a way of speeding-up SMP
threads across regular Intel boards."
"Now from sources familiar with Foster documentation we can
confirm that the former is indeed true. Although
thermally-concerned Intel Veep Pat Gelsinger dropped a heavy
clanger on Monday at the IEEE's ISSCC conference, when he suggested
ways microprocessor engineers (read: x86 microprocessor engineers)
could avoid a thermal meltdown. Credit to Kicking Pat for his "no
more business at usual" pitch."
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