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Intel shows off prototype 48-core processor

By Jos ยท 43 replies
Dec 3, 2009
  1. jgvmx

    jgvmx TS Rookie Posts: 45

  2. Basher

    Basher TS Rookie Posts: 54

    This is exactly what I was going to mention wagan8r. Companies that will be buying and utilizing these processors will either write their own software to take advantage of them, or buy software designed to. This isn't going to be a consumer level item anytime soon.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    Seriously?!? I'm eager to find out the performance data. Will a single core (while all the other 63 cores are running processes) outperform, say, a Pentium 4?
  4. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 648   +58

    Oops, my bad, I meant the other '47' cores.
  5. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Wow that is really insane how do they do it, we are still waiting for the sofware to catch on 4 cores systems and they show uo this baby, i would like to see what it is capable of, servers will benefit a lot from this kind of chipsets since home applications are not really meant to benefit from multicore.
  6. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 456   +40

    Sounds nice but the question is, how much is it gonna cost meh :D
  7. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Im going against most of the comments here, but If I understand this correctly, it could mean that it may not be dependent on the software to maximize its capabilities. I am assuming of course, that "keeps each one of the x86 cores communicating with each other at full speed" is done by the architecture itself, not by the software that will use it. If this is true, then the "problems" mentioned, that consumers were under utilizing Quad cores, does not apply to this chip design... I hope I'm right on this one, because it really is good news if this is so.
  8. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    With this many cores, I wonder if some of them could be dynamically allocated to act as a GPU. I think Larrabee is based on a bunch of parallel Pentium class cores too.
  9. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    Truthfully I can already see the future for this,
    if they manage to get respectable performance for these chips,
    then they'll start upping the clocks, then you'll have 48-100 cores running at
    1GHZ speed each.. haha... that'll probably be like 20 years away or something
  10. aSilva

    aSilva TS Rookie

    i dont know where i saw but there is another place where they are working on a 100 core processor. oh and by the way cell processors are done...
  11. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 220

    I'm pretty sure it will be able to play starcraft. But this is crazy this what the future is all about, but 48 cores o.O what in the world! Who is gonna use that the military... probably but I don't see this even stepping foot into the public not for another wow 10 years lol nah maybe lets in 2020 there will probably be a chip with 500cores
  12. Dawnpatrol

    Dawnpatrol TS Rookie

    This is new technology! The cores may not be new. But getting them to function together is. There's a reason they stopped going for just faster and faster chips. The chips were using too much energy and not giving much return. What you;re saying about a dual core beating an 8 or 10 core is what people were saying about single cores compared to dual core!
  13. I want one for my boinc projects. With this new processor, I could run 48 tasks at once.
  14. lordsburg

    lordsburg TS Rookie

    Want one badly. Just did a 8 page research paper on Intel and their business ethics. The Tera Scale Computing Research Group is amazing, 80 core prototype pushing 1 Teraflop amazes me. Someday soon this will all be outdated though, and people will just connect to THE CLOUD.
  15. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 131

    People keep saying the same thing: software can't utilize four cores, much less 48. This is not true. Maybe games aren't currently being written to utilize the entire processor, but when I encode videos, I watch all four of my cores spike to 98%. Obviously the 48 core processor will be used for science, not for games.
  16. But will it run crysis?
  17. Concorde

    Concorde TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Nice one jgvmx.
  18. wow.. I am sure Intel is going to rock with this latest technology and the processor

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  19. the amazing thing about multi core is that you dont just have to rely on the program to split up its own processes to use multicore capabilities, it can also be used by the OS and even the OS can split up the program even when the program itself was never designed to be used on 8+ cores, so it is up to the maker of the OS to be able to set up that kind of splitting capabality and make sure it runs stable at the same time, even being able to split up the OS's different processes between each individual processor would be a massive relief on the processor in general forget even splitting up the program itself further than 4-8 cores just pulling the OS out of the equation is gonna be one of the bigger reliefs
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