Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2007 19:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "A new startup out of MIT emerged from stealth mode today to announce that they're shipping a 64-core processor for the embedded market. The company, called Tilera, was founded by Dr. Anat Agarwal, the MIT professor behind the famous and venerable Raw project on which Tilera's first product, the TILE64 processor, is based. Tilera's director of marketing, Bob Dowd, told Ars that TILE64 represents a "sea change in the computing industry", and the company's CEO isn't shy about pitching the chip as the "first significant new chip architectural development in a decade". So let's take an initial look at what was announced about TILE64 today, with further information to follow as it becomes available."
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Very Interesting
by npang on Mon 20th Aug 2007 19:45 UTC
npang
Member since:
2006-11-26

According to the article, this isn't an extension of the x86 architecture but it's own cpu architecture. This scores well in my book.

The thing that would make or break this cpu is how well the programmer can extract performance from this thing. I for one, hope that more people learn about proper concurrency techniques, because God knows that there aren't enough people that know how to think in parallel.

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RE: Very Interesting
by hobgoblin on Mon 20th Aug 2007 20:01 in reply to "Very Interesting "
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

even if one can toss one program or task pr "core" things get interesting. have you looked into something like the windows task manager and looked at the number of stuff thats running the background on a average desktop?

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RE[2]: Very Interesting
by Wes Felter on Mon 20th Aug 2007 20:10 in reply to "RE: Very Interesting "
Wes Felter Member since:
2005-11-15

Too bad those threads aren't running at the same time.

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RE[2]: Very Interesting
by SomeGuy on Mon 20th Aug 2007 21:14 in reply to "RE: Very Interesting "
SomeGuy Member since:
2006-03-20

Yes, and if you look at a *nix system, there's a metric called "load average", which measures the number of processes trying to run concurrently.

This number is typically very low, since usually the background processes are waiting for input and _not_ running at once.

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