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A Task Manager view that makes me jealous — 256 cores

Have you ever wondered what 256 cores would look like from a resource usage perspective? Look no further! Scott Lowe ran across a picture that was too cool to keep to himself -- Windows Task Manager on a 256 core machine.

Hi, folks -- this posting is a little outside my normal stuff, but the picture was too cool to keep to myself. My personal desktop system at home has two dual-core Xeon processors for a total of four cores.  It runs well and does a lot with little effort.

But my own measly four-core system can't hold a candle to the new 256 core machines. Yes, I said 256 core. Here's a Task Manager shot from this system.

256 cores

Note that the current utilization on this system is 91%!! Somebody's running something big -- maybe Folding(at)Home, development for the next Pixar flick, or maybe Vista without SP1.

If you want more information about this system and want to see the original posting of the picture, visit Intel's Software Network site.

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Since 1994, Scott Lowe has been providing technology solutions to a variety of organizations. After spending 10 years in multiple CIO roles, Scott is now an independent consultant, blogger, author, owner of The 1610 Group, and a Senior IT Executive w...

15 comments
abduallah
abduallah

it's a shame it's running windows

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

will it play crysis? *ducks* I'm sorry, I had to!

blackepyon01
blackepyon01

What kind of system is this and where can I get one? This looks like a lot of computing power!

Slayer_
Slayer_

I wonder if you could do that. Video cards have far faster processers than standard CPU's. And way more cores.

MGP2
MGP2

Does the task manager view represent the way the cores are laid out, ie: 16 die with 16 cores each?

Jaqui
Jaqui

it's Vista with the fancy Aeroglass interface turned on. nothing else. ;)

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

shortly after announcing dual core systems they were working on this prototype.

Glenn from Iowa
Glenn from Iowa

Doug from Intel (the author of the original blog - http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/01/05/what-does-256-cores-look-like/), explains that, "In actual fact there are very few applications at the moment that can utilize that level of parallelism and would therefore justify the cost of such hardware. Microsoft has updated the Windows kernel to enable it to operate with up to 256 logical processors. Within the above screen shot you can see a machine running SQL Server with a simulated load that utilizes all 256 logical processors."

Glenn from Iowa
Glenn from Iowa

actually, it's 256 _virtual_ cores, but that doesn't get your blood flowing like envisioning a machine with 256 physical cores, does it? It could be 4 physical cores with 64 logical CPUs each. And as the blog (http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/01/05/what-does-256-cores-look-like/) Scott references explains, it doesn't group in any way at this time, although the author of the blog sees the need for that, albeit by task, rather than by processor structure.

santeewelding
santeewelding

So many I can't keep track. And they all squabble with each other. Probably shows. Yours all do, too.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

virtualization software would be the best application for this -- however physical cores would be better

MPG187
MPG187

You mean 4 cores with 64 ALUs? If that's the case aren't all processors since the pentium Dual core since they have "Multiprocessing" which means they have more than one ALU.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

mine get along mostly -- 1 main goal -- destruction. They all share this commonality and got over the squabbling long, long ago

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

internal voices argue interminably over which is more important... :D :D :D

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