Intel eyes 1,000-core processor

  • A prototype Intel chip that currently contains 48 cores could eventually be transformed into a 1,000-core processor.

    Indeed, according to Intel researcher Timothy Mattson, the architecture for the 48-core Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) is "arbitrarily scalable."

    "This is an architecture that could, in principle, scale to 1,000 cores," Mattson explained at the Supercomputer 2010 conference in a statement quoted by IDG.

    "[Because] I can just [simply] keep adding, adding, adding cores."

    However, Mattson noted that after passing the 1,000 core mark, the diameter of the mesh - or on-chip network connecting the cores - would exceed optimal size parameters and negatively impact performance.

    Nevertheless, Mattson emphasized that future progress in the microprocessor industry was contingent upon fitting more and more cores onto a single chip.

    Additional information about Intel’s Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) can be found here.

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