March 4, 2007 Just how much computing power are we going to have at our fingertips a decade? Given the inevitable continuation of Moore’s Law, on the surface, quite clearly we’ll have almost supercomputer power available, and the latest news from Intel suggests the path forward. Intel has developed the world’s first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today’s home appliances. This is the result of the company’s “Tera-scale computing” research aimed at delivering Teraflops -- or trillions of calculations per second -- performance for future PCs and servers. Technical details of the Teraflops research chip were presented at the annual Integrated Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco. Be sure to catch the flash demo of the Architectural vision on the bottom right hand side of this page.
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