Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Sep 2006 13:57 UTC, submitted by Jasen Bulio
Intel Intel has built a prototype of a processor with 80 cores that can perform a trillion floating-point operations per second. 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.
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If this is the new age then
by shotsman on Wed 27th Sep 2006 15:23 UTC
shotsman
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A number of Commercial Software houses are going to have to change the way they license software.
Imagine a server system where the CPU costs say 20-30K and the software for that server costs well in excees of $2M.
Some software can cost up to $50K per Dual core regardless of how many run the S/W via Virtualisation or in IBM terms LPARS.
The numbers don't make commercial sense.
At the moment with say a 4CPU XEON then the software costs are manageable but here? No way could I go to the FD and ask for that much.

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