October 26th, 2009, 04:56 PM #1
New Processor Will Have 100 Cores!
New Processor Will Feature 100 Cores | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
I want one.
Forget dual-core and quad-core processors: A semiconductor company promises to pack 100 cores into a processor that can be used in applications that require hefty computing punch, like video conferencing, wireless base stations and networking. By comparison, Intelís latest chips are expected to have just eight cores.Obama: The rich have the Federal Reserve and the poor have Harry Reid... LOL. Life really is unfair!
October 26th, 2009, 07:04 PM #2
October 26th, 2009, 07:21 PM #3
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And just what would you do with that?
It's very unlikely that it'll run any desktop application, and certainly not Windows."The problem with quotations on the internet is that the sources are hard to verify" - Abraham Lincoln
October 26th, 2009, 07:29 PM #4
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October 26th, 2009, 07:41 PM #5
Core count and bandwidth are nice, but the problem of SMP code parallelization remains. If the code does not intrinsically exploit parallelism, you are left with underutilized hardware resources, which is the current problem with mainstream computing. Sure, if you have the right workload and enough development resources, efficient SMP utilization is more of a concern than a roadblock. Then again, you are typically looking at academic and enterprise roles for such workloads - hardly mainstream computing.
Accordingly, viable software development is the underlying issue of interest. There have been concerns about the software model implemented by Tilera's TILE64 architecture. Unless it breaks from existing SMP programming conventions, TILE64 could become yet another SMP-targeted architecture best suited for niche-market computing roles, IMO of course.
Anyway, I welcome the effort from a hardware design perspective, and I look forward to seeing its real-world capabilities. In particular, I would like to see its streaming workload efficiency and performance, such as for real-time video encoding.
October 26th, 2009, 07:49 PM #6
Porting existing applications might be straightforward given the POSIX nature of Linux, but performance could be another aspect altogether. Just because you can cross compile with minimal effort, it does not mean the derivative software will perform similarly on another platform.
Case in point, I run a dual-proc Itanium 2 box as my primary desktop. It runs Debian Linux fine, and I have access to thousands of ported applications via cross compilation. However, few of those typically CISC- and RISC-targeted applications are actually ever optimized for an EPIC/VLIW architecture when porting, so they oftentimes run with sub-optimal performance compared to similar applications developed and/or ported with EPIC/VLIW in mind.
October 27th, 2009, 03:07 PM #7
We have barely passable support for multi-core programming now, a few years later and were pushing the 8-core CPU as the main stream without even giving time to allow for main stream apps to catch up with quad-core. I have a feeling that until the level of education in programming catches up with the multi-core world, anything beyond dual and quad will be outside the norm for programming.
October 27th, 2009, 08:10 PM #8
October 28th, 2009, 08:56 AM #9
Exactly. If a company wants to capitalize upon multi-core SMP, especially for a new architecture, the associated software development tools can make or break the effort at this point.
Multi-proc scaling is becoming a serious problem, even for consumer-oriented x86 hardware. The Intel Ct project is taking a step towards addressing the parallel processing issue, but even with such technologies becoming available, programmers should still be looking towards new coding approaches for mainstream software. Intel is already telling software developers to think about utilizing thousands of cores.
October 28th, 2009, 04:41 PM #10
This is the same exact problem Sony is having with the Playstation 3, no body see's its potential because most games are carried over from Xbox which from a development view is alot like a computer and those games are not developed on a cellchip (SMP processor).
This is just a 100 core Cellchip.
October 28th, 2009, 06:01 PM #11
I was going to say that I wish I could get one - but then you guys start talking at about 23'.............so I won't say that.....
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