Monday, November 21, 2011

Intel launches 50-core superchip

The first of the series of Intel microprocessors MIC, called Knights Corner , can inaugurate a new era. With the size of a conventional microprocessor, this beast of more than 50 cores can generate 1 teraflop of processing power in a 22nm structure.

We hear all the time and infrastructure technologies that are constantly renewed, evolving what we know today as computer mass use, but only a few developments are important enough to revolutionize, at least in part, today's desktop computer. The chips have much to do in this area, where we attended with the same sense of wonder to micros 2, 4, 6 and up to eight cores, but when we talk about the future, fingers do not give us to count the cores Intel has been introduced into the Knights Corner . Put it together: Auditors-TA-CIN. Yes, Intel has managed to attach (more than) fifty processing cores on a single chip without the leave of the size standards for microprocessors currently see earthly, because this is from another planet.

22 nanometers is the structure of this new Intel microprocessor introduced in the SC '11 and promises to exceed the modest amount of 1 TFLOPS floating point operations. This dream processing system architecture is included in the MIC (many Integrated core) Intel and is responsible for highly complex computational tasks such as those corresponding to the topography, seismography, simulation scenarios and all these activities you're accustomed to reading next to an article of a supercomputer. This, elKnigths Corner, would be the first product manufactured under the label of MIC architecture, which promises backwards compatibility with x86, even using 3D technology 22nm Tri-gate.

10,000 processors in one hand
The news can not avoid comparison with what happened in 1997, when Intel first reached the teraflop through the use of Intel Pentium Pro 9680 as part of the ASCI Red system Sandia Lab. So all we could do half a decade ago and nearly 10,000 processors, is now in our hands-pun intended-with a single processor. What this development means for computing the future is really amazing , because you just have to think of the multiplication of the power of a supercomputer if instead of using 1000 processors household uses the same amount but like mini supermicroprocesadores Knights Corner and its more than 50 cores without taking up more space than before. Please forgive me, but ... wow.


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