Sunday, January 2, 2011

1,000 core processor plausible?

1,000 core processor plausible?
A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow led by Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede announced that they have “effectively” developed a 1,000 core processor based on the technology field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). To do that, the researchers divvied up the millions of transistors in the FPGA into 1,000 mini-circuits that are each able to course their own instructions — which, while still a proof of concept, has already proven to be about twenty times faster than “modern computers” in some early tests.
Now what does Intel, the mighty chip mammoth has to say about this. Apparently the company says that the idea of a 1,000 core processor is “feasible”, as Intel’s Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) is already able to pack a whopping 48 cores, and could “theoretically” scale up to 1,000.
He does note, however, that there are a number of other complicating factors that could limit the number of cores that are actually useful — namely, Amdahl’s law — but he says that Intel is “looking very hard at a range of applications that may indeed require that many cores.”
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