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Intel debuts experimental computer chip with 48 cores

Intel has produced an experimental, 48-core chip. It will ship 100 of them to researchers and partners in 2010. What would you do with 48 cores?

Intel has produced an experimental, 48-core chip. Stephen Shankland was on-hand to watch Intel debut the chip. He wrote about the event on CNET's Deep Tech blog and published a photo gallery of the chip and event. According to Shankland:

"Intel wants the experimental chip, at least 100 of which it'll distribute to researchers in 2010, to lead to new attempts to tackle multicore system and software design. Ultimately, Intel believes its aggressive multicore approach will be the way computers get enough power for tasks such as vision and speech comparable to what humans have."

I've republished a few of the photos in this post. You can find all the photos in the photo gallery, "Intel's 48-core processor debut."

Intel's 48-core Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor (Credit: Intel)

Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner showed off the SCC chip (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Intel SCC prototype computer (Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

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15 comments
maniacdrums
maniacdrums

What the article doesnt mention is that the computer pictured is running on windows ME...

JonathanPDX
JonathanPDX

Computers don't run Windows ME! They limp and stagger! ;-)

docsavage
docsavage

How does one feed such a beast? Ultra-wide Front-side-bus?

earthrat
earthrat

So why can they not give the consumer a fan mount and bracket system like this one for the rest of us? Instead of the cheap crap we have to work with out of the box today!

.Martin.
.Martin.

and Intel would want to make sure it didn't get damaged. as for consumers, they are trying to maximize profits.

kroels
kroels

I think I would have fun with our software vendors asking them about licensing # of processors versus # of cores :-)

.Martin.
.Martin.

now that could be fun when licensing windows :D

Rastor9
Rastor9

NEVER ask that question!!! It will always be the "most expensive" option.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

Methinks that we should brush-up on multi-threaded programming, because the alternative would be somewhat embarrassing. Just imaging, if you will, trying to explain to the boss that the program is only using 2.08% percent of CPU resources, but you can?t make it any faster. Looks like the free lunch is over, we?re going to have to get creative. Glad that I have that Haskell book and that F# book, functional programming may be the way to go. Can anyone suggest a good Erlang book?

chrisw
chrisw

Given what Ingres Vectorwise is achieving on today's multi-threaded, multi-core, chips I'm sure it will be mind boggling to see what they'll be able to do with a 48 core chip. Goodbye Oracle, hallelujah for the brave new open database world.