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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...

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