News Company Reveals All-Russian PCs Using an Arm SoC and Linux

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considering an average $50 smartphone is enough power to run a non-microsoft office suite, 2015 era performance is more than ample for its intended use.

especially running thin clients and simple office machines. kudos to them for trying to get out from under MS's thumb and intel/amd as well.
 
iRU unveiled systems based on the Baikal-M SoC running a Linux-derived OS developed in Russia.

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Russia has been trying to migrate PCs and servers used by government agencies and state-owned companies from processors and software developed in the U.S. and Europe for several years now.
So they are getting away from using things developed in Europe by using unaltered ARM cores that are developed in the UK....

Also even the raspberry Pi4 has newer cores, just slightly but still.
 
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So they are getting away from using things developed in Europe by using unaltered ARM cores that are developed in the UK....
The same thing as mounting T-34 tank gun "replica" from cardboard on BMW car and painting "To Berlin" on same car doors. It is more cargo cult and corruption than necessity. When Peter the Great returned from Netherlands to Russia, instead of beard chopping he could abolish serfdom and introduce total education of people in all social layers.
 

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Custom loop with vodka inside, tap for "users" and hidden replenishment tank behind would be superb for Russian LAN parties.
I like picturing the reservoir as just a straight up bottle of the stuff. No frills, no thrills, just a regular bottle with a special cap on the end for in/out.
 

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The AIO's 23.8" screen is only "Full HD" though. ~93 PPI for a machine intended for small spaces ... shudder

Twice as many cores as the Raspberry Pi 4 though. Maybe up to 1.5× multi-core performance, for those apps that can take advantage of it.
 
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Nope. These machines are not serious at all, rather replacement for office purposes.

Those in need of real performance will use Elbrus (E2K) based systems. These are quite fast VLIW CPUs with a ton of security features. For example, safe execution mode allows compiler to enforce type-specific restrictions on pointer arithmetic, arrays, structures etc. You can ensure that your application is protected from exploiting memory corruption bugs without using Java, C# or whatever managed mumbo jumbo. This hardware also has x86/x86-64/arm translation layers with ~20-30% performance overhead and therefore is capable of running unmodified proprietary software at near-native speeds, but it’s another story.

View: https://youtu.be/7LQgLl_89Po


Some videos from Elbrus 8S owners:

View: https://youtu.be/buWzWtXHimk
(Linpack, Doom 3 plus some emulated tests)
View: https://youtu.be/I70_OwzHX98
(Doom 3 BFG
translation with software encoder)
View: https://youtu.be/dTzSsSOegOo
 
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Nope. These machines are not serious at all, rather replacement for office purposes.

Those in need of real performance will use Elbrus (E2K) based systems. These are quite fast VLIW CPUs with a ton of security features. For example, safe execution mode allows compiler to enforce type-specific restrictions on pointer arithmetic, arrays, structures etc. You can ensure that your application is protected from exploiting memory corruption bugs without using Java, C# or whatever managed mumbo jumbo. This hardware also has x86/x86-64/arm translation layers with ~20-30% performance overhead and therefore is capable of running unmodified proprietary software at near-native speeds, but it’s another story.
So perfect for military and government purposes. The rest is not relevant.
 
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Well what is truly relevant is a guarantee that there are no vulnerabilities like spectre or meltdown because VLIW cores are not speculative. No commercially available ARM or MIPS cores can provide such a guarantee, and that includes Baikal-M SoCs.
 

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