AMD EPYC Rome CPUs – 64 cores, wow

The AMD EPYC CPU without heat sink, showing the individual chiplets.

Just a few years ago, no CPU had 64 cores. Having 6 cores and 12 threads was amazing. There was the Xeon Phi though. Way back in 2006 Intel started it's Larrabee project, eventually releasing the Intel Many Integrated Core prototype in 2010. According to Wikipedia, this processor had 32 cores and supported 4 threads … Continue reading AMD EPYC Rome CPUs – 64 cores, wow

Portable note-taking tools for ideation and pretty much everything else – suggestions welcome

A problem I run into is what app to use to take notes. Many years ago, I used Evernote. What turned me away was a bug on Android that made it impossible to load long notes on my tablet. Since then, I've tried Boostnote and am now giving Dropbox Paper a try. I'm open to … Continue reading Portable note-taking tools for ideation and pretty much everything else – suggestions welcome

Analysing data from Stats SA

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is the goverment-run statistician in South Africa. They publish a lot of stats about SA, you can find them here: http://www.statssa.gov.za/. I've decided to start doing some analyses of the data they make available for the public to download. My first start is writing code to load the data they … Continue reading Analysing data from Stats SA

An odyssey learning about programming, maths, etc.

Over the past few years, I have benefited greatly from other people's blogs, especially about computer programming, hardware, numerical analysis and 3D graphics.  I am by no means as bright as those people, nor do I have their years of experience, but I do occasionally find unusual problems who's solutions I would like to share. … Continue reading An odyssey learning about programming, maths, etc.