hi there, this is your personal al-ARM CLOCK RINGING!!!
I dont want to make it too complicated, so please read up on the specifics, I will try to briefly sum up what its about, or at least what I believe to know about it and If I am obviously wrong of have twisted facts somewhere dont be shy and speak up, the following should function as a mere discussion opener, meaning be welcomed to share your thoughts and ideas.
Some of you may already have heard, read seen and experienced that companies like Intel or AMD are naturally not the only producer of processing power. While Intel and AMD still have the market lead, they in fact are already touching the physical limits of what is possible to achieve.
Now there is a very relevant competitor on the market which due to its uniquely designed low power consumption in deed is heading to take over the world. And no I am not talking about quantum processors but the RISC based architecture which has sneaked its way aside of all spot light towards the tip of the industry.
Apple has jumped that train quite a while ago and under the ARM license is using their own derivation of it, if I may call it so, which´s results you can see in the newer iphones, ipads and even found its way into the new Mac Mini as a T2 chip.
The performance of the ARM processors is, if fed with natively programmed applications, pretty on par with its bigger brothers, with the significant difference that these will not overheat as pointed out, use far less energy and have plenty of room to further expand their potential.
Because Intel`s processors are running so hot and Intel not actually doing anything serious about it other than throwing another bigger more energy wasting monster into the market, which has to be throttled on all ends not to burn out, Apple according to rumours will probably very likely toss the hot devil aboard very soon and is probably right now screwing around to equip the hopefully soon coming Mac Pro with it or at least the newer generation of their laptops.
Even though this all may sound pretty far fetched and speculative, Apple is definitely not the only one to call it quits with Intel. Also Microsoft is already heading towards ARM, which very soon may lead to a EOL of the world as we know it.
While as pointed out above these processors need to be fed with native code to peak their performance, it is of course possible to emulate the environment, which on the other side unfortunately will lead to serious impacts in performance. So in order for us to further and properly use applications like Rhino, the code obviously has to be completely adapted and I am not only talking about macOS but also about Microsoft Windows.
Now facing this verge and maybe even sudden abyss of change, my big question to the McNeel developers out here and not only to those, but basically do anybody developing software for the computer ->
- ARM you ready to jump?