1,000 Core Chip

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1,000 core chip

Researchers at UC Davis have teamed up with IBM to create a single microchip with 1,000 cores on it.  To put that into perspective, most modern computers have anywhere from 2 to 8 cores.  Chips in servers have up to a dozen cores each.  Each core is dedicated to single processes, but with 1,000 you could do so much.  Or so little.  Hardware is only as good as the software to pair it with.  Most software right now isn’t used to 8 core processors, let alone a 1,000 core one.  That’s alright though because this chip was manufactured on super out dated technology – 32nm dies, modern chips are on 14nm dies.  But now that it’s been done, it’s only a matter of time before it gets made more efficient, Moore’s law and all.

{Engadget}

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