Linus Torvalds released Linux 5.7 rc7 today, saying it “looks very normal… none of the fixes look like there’s anything particularly scary going on.”
But then he added something else:
[T]he biggest excitement this week for me was just that I upgraded my main machine, and for the first time in about 15 years, my desktop isn’t Intel-based. No, I didn’t switch to ARM yet, but I’m now rocking an AMD Threadripper 3970x. My ‘allmodconfig’ test builds are now three times faster than they used to be, which doesn’t matter so much right now during the calming down period, but I will most definitely notice the upgrade during the next merge window.
The Register writes:
Torvalds didn’t divulge any further details about his new rig, but the 3970x is quite the beast, boasting 32 cores and 64 threads at 3.7GHz with the ability to burst up to 4.5GHz, all built on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process… Torvalds has probably acquired a whole new PC, as the Threadripper range requires a sTRX4 socket and those debuted on motherboards from late 2019.
Whatever he’s running, it has more cores than Intel currently offers in a CPU designed for PCs. Even Chipzilla’s high-end CoreX range tops out at 18 cores. AMD will be over the moon that such a high profile IT pro has adopted their kit and pointed to its performance.
Or, as long-time Slashdot reader williamyf puts it, “Good endorsement for AMD, a PR blow for Intel.”