Intel pledges 80-core processor within five years

“Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET News.

“CEO Paul Otellini held up a silicon wafer with the prototype chips before several thousand attendees at the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday. The chips are capable of exchanging data at a terabyte a second, Otellini said during a keynote speech. The company hopes to have these chips ready for commercial production within a five-year window,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “Intel announced plans to have quad-core processors ready for its customers in November. An extremely fast Core 2 Extreme processor with four cores will be released then, and the newly named Core 2 Quad processor for mainstream desktops will follow in the first quarter of next year, Otellini said.”

“During the next few years, Intel wants to improve the performance per watt of power consumption of its transistors by 300 percent through new manufacturing technologies and designs, Otellini said. The next step on that road, Intel’s 45-nanometer manufacturing technology, will enable the company to build chips that deliver a 20 percent improvement in performance with five times less current leakage, he said,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “But the ultimate goal, as envisioned by Intel’s terascale research prototype, is to enable a trillion floating-point operations per second–a teraflop–on a single chip. Ten years ago, the ASCI Red supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories became the first supercomputer to deliver 1 teraflop using 4,510 computing nodes.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Imagine that, a single processor that’ll be nearly capable of fully running Microsoft’s bloated Windows Aero interface.

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  1. the intel Core 2 Quadro, the Kentsfield and Clovertown. Amazing, almost to make you think about that Jobs Distortion Reality Field. Looks like the only distorted reality is that of our beleaguered Windows users.

  2. All the DOOMSAYERS over the move to Intel have nothing more to say I guess.

    Great take MDN. But in all seriousness, surely this isn’t so good as it will allow crap, bloated software like Windows to run without penallty when the aim should be fast efficient programming aka OSX?

  3. On a more mundane (!) level, Intel is working on a mainstream 32-core processor called Keifer that will organise itself as 8 processing “nodes” each with 4 cores and is designed to go head-to-head with Sun’s Niagara chip. All of this stuff happens when they go to the 32nm geometry space.

    The idea of just one of these in an Xserve is enough to frighten the bejaysus out of me, let alone a pair which is then part of a 256-machine supercomputer grid network; think of it, over 16 thousand processor cores in just over six 42U racks.

  4. dennis,

    What is so wrong about stating the truth, that Windows is a terrible experience and Mac a fantastic one? Baiting the ugly monster with the Ballmer head is what MDN does. Don’t try to tell them to change their ways, which have been highly successful for a long time..

  5. yeah dennis especially given M$’s crappy business record they deserve to be put down. they have been walking all over the little guy with their smug ass attitudes they deserve to be taken down one notch at a time. and what better way than to point out the obvious. get over it if you dont like it and go read something on or something. we here reading mdn hate M$, or at least i do, and love it when they get shit on by the takes. i havent touched a peecee in 2 yrs and wont ever again.

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