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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:46 pm Reply and quote this post
Intel's experimental 80-core microprocessor is a marvel in processing power and low energy consumption, but a number of hurdles stand between it and everyday use.

Intel wrote:
The Teraflop Research Chip, unveiled last week, is the size of a fingertip. It can crunch a trillion calculations a second, a feat that 11 years ago required a 2,500-square-foot supercomputer. The chip's size and the fact that it uses about the same power as a two-core processor mean that it could provide unprecedented processing power.


[quote="Information Week]
The explosive growth of multicore chips with low power consumption will drive the mass adoption of virtualised computing environments. Massive scale multicore processors will get people thinking more broadly about what servers and operating systems can do to drive business applications.[/quote]

Well, Closer to home, such muscle would let video games look like TV shows and computers recognize and catalogue photos. But beyond gaming and specialty applications, the usefulness of a supercomputer in the home isn't clear.

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Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:01 am Reply and quote this post
MMMMMMMMMMMMMM 80 Folding cores, drools  
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:26 am Reply and quote this post
*Drools* Ah Intel if your reading this send one to me!!!!!!
I though core duos looked good...

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Wed Feb 21, 2007 1:46 pm Reply and quote this post
You'd need a helluva lotta ram though  
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:44 pm Reply and quote this post
Where can I buy one? LOL!!!!!
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 7:29 am Reply and quote this post
Hmm.. This is interesting.
What sort of motherboard would you need for this?? What RAM would you need for this?? More importantly, how much money would you need for this??

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:03 pm Reply and quote this post
Well, computers are getting cheaper and cheaper, so my guess is, not much.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:07 pm Reply and quote this post
the whole system is completely custom, there is no chance any of this is going to turn over properly until 2008-10
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:43 pm Reply and quote this post
my uncel is the intel ceo and he gave me one




LOL jk guys

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:46 pm Reply and quote this post
Thats amazing.  Wonder when they are coming out.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:25 pm Reply and quote this post
I don't think they have said anything yet, but should be pretty nice- wont work on XP, or even Vista, because more than either 5 or 6 cores aren't supported...
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 4:57 am Reply and quote this post
softdel wrote:
I don't think they have said anything yet, but should be pretty nice- wont work on XP, or even Vista, because more than either 5 or 6 cores aren't supported...


Why the heck would you want to waste it on a Windows OS??

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Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:01 am Reply and quote this post
This chip is not going to be released. Intel designed and build this chip as a proof of concept and so they could work out the major problems that arise in such a complex design. This chip only uses very simply processing cores, not anything nearly as complex as the x86 based design in our computers.

Intel plans to take what they've learned from this project and incorperate it into future massive multicore designs, including one that will likely feature x86 based cores.

A very good breakdown and overview of the project can be read here: http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2925

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