Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 22:25 UTC
Intel "Intel's experimental 48-core 'single-chip cloud computer' is the latest step in multicore processing. Intel officials say such a chip will greatly improve performance and efficiency in future data centers, and will lead to new applications and interfaces between users and computers. Intel plans to have 100 or more chips in the hands of IT companies and research institutes next year to foster research into new software. Intel, AMD and others are rapidly growing the number of cores on a single silicon chip, with both companies looking to put eight or more cores on a chip in 2010."
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RE: The problem is the software
by Laurence on Fri 4th Dec 2009 14:25 UTC in reply to "The problem is the software"
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The major problem now is the software. Most software out their today do not take into account multi-core CPU's, so it's as if they run on a single core anyway (mostly single threaded applications).

Yes the OS can do some scheduling, but it's down to the software applications to take charge of multi-cores and multi-threading.

This wont be targeted at general consumers (who, for now, most new computers are sufficiently powerful).

This will be targeted at mainframe users who already do complicated distributed processing or server admins who want to consolidate several hardware resources into one host running several virtual machines (each assigned 2 or more cores)

For these users - this type of CPU is the future.

Edited 2009-12-04 14:25 UTC

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