Single Chip Cloud Computer

Intel’s promise to deliver computers with thousands of processing cores takes a big step forward with the announcement of a 48 core CPU that they call the Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC). It claims to use better power management, high speed internal communications and provide good software compatibility.

Single-chip Cloud Computer – [intel.com]

Overview
Intel Labs has created an experimental “Single-chip Cloud Computer,” (SCC) a research microprocessor containing the most Intel Architecture cores ever integrated on a silicon CPU chip – 48 cores. It incorporates technologies intended to scale multi-core processors to 100 cores and beyond, such as an on-chip network, advanced power management technologies and support for “message-passing.”

Architecturally, the chip resembles a cloud of computers integrated into silicon. The novel many-core architecture includes innovations for scalability in terms of energy-efficiency including improved core-core communication and techniques that enable software to dynamically configure voltage and frequency to attain power consumptions from 125W to as low as 25W.

Intel hopes 48-core chip will solve new challenges – [cnet.com]

The cores themselves aren’t terribly powerful–more like lower-end Atom processors than Intel’s flagship Nehalem models, Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner said at a press event here. But collectively they pack a lot of power, he said, and Intel has ambitious goals in mind for the overall project.

“The machine will be capable of understanding the world around them much as humans do,” Rattner said. “They will see and hear and probably speak and do a number of other things that resemble human-like capabilities, and will demand as a result very (powerful) computing capability.”


Tera-scale Computing Research Program
– [intel.com]

Tera-scale Computing Research Vision

By scaling multi-core architectures to 10s to 100s of cores and embracing a shift to parallel programming, we aim to improve performance, increase energy-efficiency, and make

“Tera” means 1 trillion, or 1,000,000,000,000. Our vision is to create platforms capable performing of trillions of calculations per second (teraflops) on trillions of bytes of data (terabytes).

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