Guy English, my co-host on Debug and Ad Hoc doesn't un-fallow his personal blog often, but when he does it's usually more than a little cause for contemplation. Last night was no different, as he dove deep into the new Mac Pro, and why he thinks it might just be the most interesting piece of hardware Apple's fielded since the original iPad. From Kickingbear:
This machine fascinates me not because it seems like it’ll make everything I currently do faster. It fascinates me because it’s fundamentally new. There’s only one CPU socket and it bets heavily on the bus and GPU performance. While this looks to software to be just another Mac it isn’t. It’s capabilities aren’t traditional. The CPU is a front end to a couple of very capable massively parallel processors at the end of a relatively fast bus. One of those GPUs isn’t even hooked up to do graphics. I think that’s a serious tell. If you leverage your massively parallel GPU to run a computation that runs even one second and in that time you can’t update your screen, that’s a problem. Have one GPU dedicated to rendering and a second available for serious computation and you’ve got an architecture that’ll feel incredible to work with.
I'm now factorially more excited about this machine, and like Guy, not just because of what it is, but because of what it might allow to be. No more spoilers. Go read the whole thing.