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Intel shows off prototype 48-core processor

By Jos ยท 43 replies
Dec 3, 2009
  1. Intel offered another glimpse at their long-term plans this week by unveiling what they call the "single-chip cloud computer," a concept processor that houses 48 fully programmable x86 cores on a single silicon die. The chip is an offspring of its Tera-scale research and development program aimed at scaling multi-core architectures for the future, and comes two years after the company unveiled the 80-core Polaris prototype.

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  2. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 180

    This is SICK. Intel sure likes to show off their blazing R&D to anyone that will watch it. For the most part though most software isn't written to take advantage of Quad cores let alone 48.
  3. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527   +8

    This holds a lot of promise for decreasing the size/weight/power of server systems. Although by the time this comes out in full production the demands on servers will have gone up substantially as well.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    buttus beat me to the punch. They can have all the cores they want, but until software is written to take advantage of it, it's meaningless.
  5. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    Moar Cores!!
    Wonder when there will be any piece of software that make use of more than 4 cores!
    But the cloud computing concept maybe the key to make use of all the cores..even though its not physical as far as I understand
  6. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Software can, and always does catch up with the hardware technology the users demand. Albeit, less so more recently as computing power become more and more meaningless, by this I mean, we've reached a point where the time difference to open any given single application is so small that we don't even notice, so we don't demand better programming.

    The scientific community certainly notices it, and that's what pushes this type of R&D, but they often program their own proprietary software for the machine as well. Gamers continue to demand better hardware so they can run one single high-end application well and/or three or four medium applications at once (i.e., WoW), but the masses aren't like they used to be in which they competed for the most mhz, MBs of RAM, hard drive size, etc., because as I said... there is so little difference to the average user for opening a web browser or document that they don't demand the higher end stuff.

    Needless to say though (given that I read techspot), I'm excited about this R&D and would love to expand my e-peen by having 48-cores on a chip just to say I have it, regardless of performance gains.
  7. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,116   +13

    wow this is something that seems rather extreme 48 cores? we cant even code software for 4 cores much less a 48 core monster. i think money would be better spent making 4 and 6 core cpu's more efficient and faster all around than wasting money on 48 cores with lower core clocks versus current cpus. that is just my opinion but i think its a good one everyone seems to want to just throw more cores at any one job than actually making cpus run a lot faster and mor efficient.
  8. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    So ended the GHz wars and the Core wars wreaked havoc upon the realm.
    Nvidia keeps marketing their G-Super-PU's using a little image of a 'conventional' processor sporting 4 cores next to their Tesla offering with a massive 240 cores. Someone was bound to take notice that a new processor manufacturer snuck up to the front of the line. Everyone and their little sister is going to be cramming cores on to a die.
    The enterprise can keep x86, I just hope that at some point the desktop gets a better option.
  9. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Suppose we need a project like Haiku to get stable and fully functional pretty quickly if we are ever going to be able to use all that power efficiently.... else it's just a 'mine's bigger' contest.
  10. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Booster Posts: 174

    48 Core? What happened between 6-48 cores?
  11. Orionlocke

    Orionlocke TS Rookie Posts: 35

    48 cores, thats crazy! I've gotta hand it to Intel's R&D, their are definitely pushing the envelope with the CPU technology. Definitely exciting to think what's going to be available hardware wise to usin the next few years!
  12. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    48 cores? That is ridiculous. Watch out AMD here comes intel into the server market!
  13. ununpentium

    ununpentium TS Rookie

    Wow! 48 cores.... I hope that the memory bandwidth will match up to this unleashed cores herd...
  14. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    I'm surprised that there is still development like this instead of everyone putting all their effort into quantum computing. A single quantum processor will blow stuff like this out of the water.
  15. Hereimiz

    Hereimiz TS Rookie

    this is crazy... when can i get one?
  16. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    SuperPi scores anyone?
  17. RealXboxMaster

    RealXboxMaster TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Dammmmm.... That is just insane.
  18. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    Care to go on about what quantum computing is supposed to be? I'll probably just google it..i'm interested though.
  19. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    That just sucks!

    Cos they know it's cheaper for them to just slap on more old cores together (no need to invent new stuff), than to research new tecnology so they can make higher frequency (more powerful) single cores.

    I bet a Dual Core Core i5 6 Ghz CPU will beat the crap out of any 8 or 10 core cpu at more than 90% of the daily activities.
  20. UglyChild

    UglyChild TS Rookie Posts: 31

    But the question is: "Will it play Star Craft?"
  21. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    Programs written to utilize so many cores for mainstream use are certainly far away...
  22. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    It's not all about cores.. It's about frequencies and whats inside the CPU.. For example some dual core processors beat the hell out of the intel quad cpus. I bought a i7 920 and it's still nice, but in some cases i5 is better, but yet it doesnt have the HT technology.. Anyway, not the NUMBERS, but the QUALITY is the most important thing.
  23. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    @swillx2p: Quantum computing allows a bit to take more than just 0 and 1, making the computer exponentially more powerful. Though Quantum Computing is quite far from practice.

    If they manage to make these cores work together, this is great.
  24. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    I think it might be the same as what I would term, "Distributed computing"...where the processor workload for a certain project is distributed across multiple computers. There is some sort of project out there, I forget its name, but I think it is about sequencing the human genome or something or other.
  25. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 605   +67

    Now I need a mop to wipe up my drool...

    Ok, while a lot of people are saying all these core are meaningless until there is software to take advantage of it, they need to realize, THERE IS. I, as a software engineer, write proprietary software that DOES take advantage of all of those cores. Just because MW2 doesn't utilize them doesn't mean there isn't a big, I mean BIG market for them. The video game devs will catch up soon enough. Unfortunately, that's where the consoles are hurting the video game industry.
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