Is this the world going full circle and re introducing mini-pcs of the 80's and 90's era?
I understand, I think, the usefulness of having these in a data centre, each customer having their own DPU which would present to them as a bare metal device.
I understand, I think, the crypto guys loving this for compute power, easily expandible.
I also understand this is not for average consumers... but this is HN... what other uses can we put through this/ what advantages does this physical architecture give us?
If anyone could elucidate ....? It looks exciting, but I'm not sure of the scope.
Random - the Commodore 1541 drive (all of their drives really) had their own 65xx CPU and some RAM (2K IIRC for the 1541). There was copy/backup software where you could hook up 2 devices, load the program and then disconnect the drives from the computer. You could put the master in the first drive, blank disk in the second and every time you swapped the backup it would make a new copy.
Everything was run from the backplane. Want a new CPU? Plug one in!