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Video: Intel director explains why multicore processors offer better performance on less power

Intel director James Reinders looks at the power, memory, and instruction-level parallelism walls that have forced the move to multicore processors.

Multicore processors have been around for several years, but are they here to stay? Intel director James Reinders looks at the power, memory, and instruction-level parallelism walls that have forced the move to multicore processors, and explains why sometimes it makes sense to underclock, not overclock. At the end of the video he briefly consideres the possibility of putting "hundreds of smaller cores together" onto a single CPU.

Note: This video was originally published as part of ZDNet's Parallelism Breakthrough series - sponsored by Intel.

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