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Researchers build the world's first 1,000-core processor

By Shawn Knight
Jun 20, 2016
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  1. Researchers with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis have developed an energy-efficient KiloCore processor that, as the name implies, features 1,000 processing cores.

    Built by IBM, the KiloCore has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. Although built on a dated 32-nanometer manfuacturing process, the chip is still rather efficient as individual cores can shut themselves down when not needed.

    Bevan Baas, a professor of electrical and computer engineering who led the team that designed the chip, said it can execute 115 billion instructions per second while dissipating only 0.7 watts – low enough to be powered by a single AA battery. Even as today’s fastest consumer processors have moved to the 14-nanometer FinFET process, the KiloCore executes instructions more than 100 times more efficiently than, say, the CPU you’d find in a modern laptop.

    To the best of their knowledge, Bass added, this is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university with cores operating at an average clock frequency of 1.78GHz.

    The chip is already being used in the areas of wireless coding / decoding, encryption and video processing which involve large amounts of parallel data processing. It could also be useful in the areas of scientific data applications and datacenter record processing, we’re told.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +774

    Finally, a system that can give me all my answers before I have even thought of the questions ...... impressive!
     
  3. mcborge

    mcborge TS Maniac Posts: 206   +118

    Built to find out if "42" really is the answer to life the universe and everything.
     
  4. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    Very impressive. What would be more impressive is if it can be used for machine learning and artifical intelligence. I see skynet coming quicker than thought with something like this. Imagine researching and creating warp drives for space ships or 3d mapping entire planets before even landing in minutes would be super. I am willing to bet this chip and others before it would be able to crack our most difficult problems in seconds and even break the speed of light for us to travel to distant places
     
  5. GalahadIV

    GalahadIV TS Member

    Is this what I think it is? A processor that might be able to run Ark: Survival Evolved with a decent framerate?
     
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  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,546   +2,343

    Maybe. The only problem is that your GPU, RAM, and PCIe 3.0 bandwidth are going to bottleneck the processor. Personally, I am going to wait until Nvidia releases the GTX 5770 Ti and some reasonably priced DDR7 drops.
     
  7. Radical

    Radical TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +22

    We already have supercomputers that are way more powerful than this individual chip. 1000 cores on a single chip is remarkable, and it seems is very power efficient as well, but as far as raw computational abilities go, this is not even on the radar. But your sentiment is right. Having a super powerful computer to crack our hardest problems is pretty damn exciting.
     
  8. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Guru Posts: 930   +354

    When can I find it at Walmart?
     
  9. pencea

    pencea TS Member

    My previous 2600k can already run that game at decent framerates.
     
  10. pencea

    pencea TS Member

    Pfff Skynet will blow those specs away.
     
  11. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,546   +2,343

    GTFO with your cloud computing nonsense. Everyone knows that stuff isn't secure.
     
  12. pencea

    pencea TS Member

    You clearly failed to comprehend that my post was a joke. I was jokingly referencing Skynet from the movie Terminator. No where did I mentioned cloud computing.
     
  13. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,546   +2,343

    I responded to your joke with another joke...
     
  14. Tuxie

    Tuxie TS Rookie

    This comment thread suddenly became awkward.
     
  15. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,546   +2,343

    They built a 1000-core processor and the story was published on a forum populated by i7 owners. What did you expect?
     
  16. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Addict Posts: 227   +88

    But can it run Crysis? #killmenow
     
  17. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Booster Posts: 150   +21

    I bet that can run Pinnacle? lol. :p
     
  18. PrimateGod

    PrimateGod TS Rookie

    hehe
     
  19. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 161   +34

    I dont think you understand. having a 1000core chip with cores running parallel is incredible and I will bet only a few of these can topple a supercomputer in terms of pure computational power. most people wont grasp at how really powerful this is until some real world tests are run and shown
     

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