The latest news from Intel labs says they have created an experimental “Single-chip Cloud Computer,” (SCC) a research microprocessor having 48 cores; the most number of cores ever integrated on a silicon CPU chip. 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.
This represents the latest achievement from Intel’s Tera-scale Computing Research Program. The research was co-led by Intel Labs Bangalore, India, Intel Labs Braunschweig, Germany and Intel Labs researchers in the United States.
The research chip features:
- 24 “tiles” with two IA cores per tile
- A 24-router mesh network with 256 GB/s bisection bandwidth
- 4 integrated DDR3 memory controllers
- Hardware support for message-passing
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