Linux founder chastises Intel for using ‘power virus’ tech

Intel’s 512-bit AVX-512 SIMD extensions for x86 instruction set architecture are used for various compute-intensive workloads on workstations and servers, but AVX-512 hardware execution units are power hungry and that causes some headaches for developers. 

Software icon Linus Torvalds recently condemned AVX-512 and called the company to develop a better solution for complex HPC problems. The creator of Linux went as far as called AVX-512 a ‘power virus’ and wished it to ‘die a painful death.’ 

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