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Feb 5 2008   11:12PM GMT

Overheard: Intel’s Skulltrail is more than just a pretty name

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

intel-v8-skull-trail.gif Skulltrail. We’re not sure who thinks up these names. It brings to mind visions of worlds where dark mages do battle with Paladins for world domination. Maybe that’s what Intel had in mind when they came up with the name.

In reality, Skulltrail is more of a workaholic engineer, devoted to getting the most done in the least amount of time. Skulltrail is a little short on the people skills, a little too loud, but like the geeky programmer who can write ten times as much code as his peers, Skulltrail gets the job done.

Lloyd Case, Skulltrail: A Preview of Intel’s Beast

When you get down to brass tacks, Skulltrail is an engineering workstation with some added chrome to be a pretty high-end gaming system. But its primary mission in life is to bring eight cores to bear on tough computational problems.

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