Multi-Core Processors? Lots, and Lots of Cores!

One of my fellow OakTable Network members sent me email about this these guys today. I had never heard of them. But then I’m no sleuth since I didn’t hear about PANTA Systems until they audited a very nice Infiniband-enabled TPC-H last year. I’m talking about TILERA. Today TILERA announced a 64-core x86 compatible processor. Since this processor is marketed for embedded applications such as network switches and so on I won’t bore you with a long blog entry. One point I found very interesting about this processor, however, is that it has 2 10GbE interfaces on the chip itself as opposed to jumping over PCI. Now that is one heck of a way to hose down the cores! 

Come to think of it, maybe this is worth blogging. I did see recently that Intel has an 80-core (not x86 compatible though) chip in demo state. Sun, of course, has the Niagra and now there is this 64-core chip where each core can run its own copy of Linux. Even though the TILERA isn’t intended for servers, it represents technology that doesn’t seem that far off. Interesting stuff.


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