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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems

>>It's not even that difficult.  Processing power is becoming ubiquitous and 
>nearly free.  The new TI DSP will be executing up to 2 BILLION instructions
per second by the end of this year

>DEC Alpha's already do moree than 2B instructions per second and you can
write codee in Fortran for them not some gobbldy gook TI machine language

Clearly you're ignorant of what you're talking about.  The Alpha is huge, 
difficult to cool, complex, expensive, and power-hungry part.  The TI DSP is 
only half-a-million transistors, requires only 2.5 volts, and costs less than 
$100.  And the TI DSP is normally programmed in their 
specially-[highly]-optimizing *C*!  Which I'd use over Fortran ANY day.

>DEC's StrongArms are now doing some 250 m real instructions per second and
can be had for less than $50

Eight times less processing power, half the price... so four times worse 
price-performance than the TI DSP.

>there are plenty of existing targets for Inferno without waiting forever
(end of the year in Inferno years)

The TI DSP is available off-the-shelf TODAY, and the development software is 
also available, shrink-wrapped.  Again, you ought to look before you make such 
outrageous, incorrect statements.

TI is making an **enormous** commitment to this DSP... practically betting the 
company on it... and it's going to be a *huge* success.  I think it would be a 
*very* ideal vehicle to team with Inferno... which offers precisely the kind of 
connectivity and cross-platform integration (across both the PC domain and the 
embedded products the TI DSP will be used in) which people using the TI DSP will 
be looking for.

>I agree that computing and add network connectivity and add local storage
are all free and ubiquitous -- the challenge is to do something uselful and
productive with all of this maga, giga, exa, peta power

I can think of few projects more useful and productive (and IMPORTANT) than 
putting Detroit out of the personal transportation business.  :-)

>As the sage said if information is free then its trash

Depends entirely on what you use it for.   :-)

Gordon Peterson