Why 80 cores!? Intel gives the answer!
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 14 June 2007 11:04
Intel readies massive multicore processors
By Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: June 14, 2007, 4:00 AM PDT 

Ants and beetles have exoskeletons--and chips with 60 and 80 cores are going to need them as well.

Researchers at Intel are working on ways to mask the intricate functionality of massive multicore chips to make it easier for computer makers and software developers to adapt to them, said Jerry Bautista, co-director of Intel's Tera-scale Computing Research Program.



These multicore chips, he added, will also likely contain both x86 processing cores, similar to the brains inside the vast majority of Intel's server and PC chips today, as well as other types of cores. A 64-core chip, for instance, might contain 42 x86 cores, 18 accelerators and four embedded graphics cores.

Some labs and companies such as ClearSpeed Technology, Azul Systems and Riken have developed chips with large numbers of cores--ClearSpeed has one with 96 cores--but the cores are capable of performing certain types of operations....More

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