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Chip insecurity Intel cloud customers consider switching to rival processors such as AMD

via:CnBeta     time:2018/1/11 0:04:05     readed:250

Last week, security researchers exposed chip exploits called "Meltdown" and "Specter" that could allow hackers to compromise on many types of computers, cell phones, and cloud-basedserverSteal password or encryption key.

Intel said in a statement Tuesday that it will help customers find the best solution for security, performance and compatibility. "For many customers, performance metrics are paramount, and we're focusing on doing everything we can to make sure we meet their expectations," Intel said.

Alternatives to cloud computing include the use of AMD's chips or ARM-based chips and graphics processors (GPUs). AMD chips use the same x86 architecture as Intel chips.

Cloud service providers said it would be too complicated to switch previously installed Intel chips to their rivals, but in the future they may use other alternative chips to expand the service network. Since AMD and Intel chips use the same x86 architecture, it is easiest to replace Intel chips with AMD chips. ARM architecture chips are not as fast as Intel's x86 chips when it comes to tasks like search, and the software has to be rewritten.

NVIDIA's GPUs can not directly replace Intel chips, but they are capable of acting as CPUs on new tasks like image recognition and speech recognition.

Even before the security breach came to light, large technology companies were experimenting with chips that replaced Intel processors. Last year in March,MicrosoftCompanies are beginning to use ARM fabric chips in Azure cloud services. Last December, Microsoft Azure deployed AMD processors in its data center. Google said in 2016 that it is designing a server based on the IBM Power9 processor.AmazonAWS Cloud Services selected AMD GPUs for a graphics design service announced in September last year.

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