I think there is a typo in the title of this thread. 'Apple', 'Workstation' and 'Dominance' are used the same sentence. o.0
When did Apple dominate the workstation market? I must have missed that
. Last time apple had dominance over x86, MIPS was in charge with the software that mattered
apple's GL was always behind, and GL is what CAD uses. ergo, it was never able to beat PC at it. Apple had its own GL stack (usually behind standard) so didn't exactly go with the pack and *nix drivers for the likes of nV have only been decent in the past 8/9 years or so? They have always been good at 'media' content creation/publishing and suites like Avid/FinalCut have helped the cause, but for other workstation tasks, their subsequent price for what is effectively the same hardware, but looks *nicer* and has OSX, only goes so far in practical, get work done, terms.
3DS Max (which appears to be flavour of the month for the last quite few months in 3D content/creation) doesn't even run natively on OSX. Likewise Revit which dominates AEC, or Inventor. They are just 3 examples, but 3 quite hard hitters. Hardware is only as good as the software that runs on it. And decent software can make relatively crap hardware absolutely sing (Amiga!).
I thought the reason they went to intel was because the PPC couldn't keep up in either performance and power efficiency. They admitted they couldn't deliver performance of the G5 they had promised, because perhaps PPC couldn't do what was required of it? not at least without challenging an Onyx3000 in a power drinking contest
GIJoe wrote:the sucky cut down version of that into the Playstation 3 but since i was working in the field at the time i do recall that developers really hated it and that for years it was a nightmare to port to
Yes CELL on PS3 is a pita. PPU not so much, but any utilisation of the SPU (which gives it its parallel grunt, and adds to the pretty impressive bandwidth 'vital statistics') which is execute from PPU code, means that it can suffer Amdahl badly. Not all ports benefit all that greatly from concurrent execution (or could require larger re-writes to get even mildly decent performance), and PPU (albeit @ 3.2ghz) on its own maybe isn't that great, since this required for the business logic. Graphically speaking the RSX didn't hold the PS3 back imo.
guardian452 wrote:Too bad I just got an iphone 7 a few months ago. Ah well.
Probably a good thing.
I ‘erd that iPhoneX maps your facial expressions to an emoji? So now you have to put on your best poker face just to read messages?
Oh well, gone are the days of hiding behind the faceless email/pm. I'll have to get me one of dem V for Vendetta masks. Unless there is an emoji for that of course ...