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[Gizmodo] Intel’s Newest Chip Has 50 Cores

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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/11/intels-newest-chip-has-50-cores/
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The tiny chip is capable of one teraflop of processing power — an esoteric way of calculating how fast a chip is at crunching numbers. By comparison, the fastest Core i7 can only crank out 109 gigaflops. Stuffing this many cores onto one processor has pushed Intel to the point of just labelling it a “many” core chip — at a certain point, the number of cores becomes an abstraction.

I can has Teraflop?

[Toms] http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-knights-corner-mic-co-processor,14002.html
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Knights Corner, the first commercial Intel MIC architecture product, will be manufactured using Intel’s latest 3-D Tri-Gate 22nm transistor process and will feature more than 50 cores. Furthermore, Intel promises compatibility with existing x86 programming model and tools.

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Edited by MountainDewMadOScar - 11/17/11 at 12:38am
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post #2 of 36
That is.... a lot of cores O.o
 
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It's not an ordinary chip that comes with square wafer and IHT (Internal Heat Spreader) on it. It won't be available as CPU nor there will be mobos compatible with it. It's works on a card, connected to other units on the pcb and there's a cooler similar to graphics cards on it.

See:

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post #4 of 36
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Originally Posted by Nautilus View Post

It's not an ordinary chip that comes with square wafer and IHT (Internal Heat Spreader) on it. So Knight's Corner won't be compatible for CPU sockets i believe. It's works on a card, connected to other units on the pcb and there's a cooler similar to graphics cards on it.
See:
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I was looking at the card as well. Thing is a beast.

Also

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Edited by MountainDewMadOScar - 11/17/11 at 12:48am
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post #5 of 36
What this is:

GPU makers make massively parallel prcessors. Basucally for GPUs its better to computer lotf of small things at once.
(traditional CPU) = Computes large things one by one

Intel Many Cores =
Intel approach at massive parrallelism
Intel has taken traditional CPU cores and removed many features to anable them to stuff more cores in a smaller package. This is more like a GPU than a CPU. Because there are now applications that benifit greatly from massive parrallelism and many weak cores vs less strong cores, intel has created this.


But can it play Crysis?
    
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So basically, this is just a chip for a workstation. Gotcha.
    
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post #7 of 36
They did this simply because AMD "broke the record" with a 16 core chip.

Intel is sandbagging technology, so every time AMD is like "woah guys, check out what we can do!" Intel can flat out dope slap 'em.
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post #8 of 36
1 TFLOP sustained double precision performance is very respectable. Moreover, if its as "transparent" to program as they claim (compared to distributed, risc gpu solutions), this can be big. Still, why intel is so quick to abandon the 2^n core paradigm...i don't know..

Nonetheless, this can't be compared to AMDs 16-core Interlagos CPUs, which, unlike Knights Corner, are full-blown x86. Completely different target audience.
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post #9 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaClownie View Post

They did this simply because AMD "broke the record" with a 16 core chip.
Intel is sandbagging technology, so every time AMD is like "woah guys, check out what we can do!" Intel can flat out dope slap 'em.

they aren't sandbagging anything. this is 22nm. it's not like Intel can release this tomorrow.
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post #10 of 36
1 TFlop is kinda lame when there are cards out now that do that or better.

I wouldn't call this a CPU either. Still, neat to see Intel jumping into this market. Should be interesting improvements in the nearish future.
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