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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It's not nessary.
by Omega Penguin on Wed 27th Sep 2006 16:38 UTC
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2006-02-12

Besides running realistic games that take so long to make that 80 cores will seem old, and playing hi-def video, what are 80 cores good for?

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RE: It's not nessary.
by Lovechild on Wed 27th Sep 2006 17:26 in reply to "It's not nessary."
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2005-06-29

Can you hear that sound... that's Gentoo users howling in joy, with one of those their "emerge -e world" is limited by IO bandwidth.

But there are plenty of uses for multiple cores, personally I have a dual core right now and I would love a quad core. Sure 80 cores a bit overkill for a desktop now but in 5 years things are likely to be different, we would be able to do new and exciting things with that sort of technology.. who knows? Or as they say don't knock it till you try it.

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