It isn’t the first time 80-core processors have come up in conference conversation. A couple of years ago, Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, took the opportunity in an IDF keynote to make similar promises of delivering an 80-core processor within the next five years. He had also noted that the chips should be able to swap data at a terabyte a second.
"The x86 revolution continues. You see more and more cores. Increased performance. But also without more power required," said Dell during his keynote yesterday, noting that the trend was to pack more and more computing power into smaller machines, creating desktop sized supercomputers.
Dell slide shown Tuesday at SC08 (Credit: Dell Computer)
Of course the jump to 80 cores won’t happen without several intermediate stages. Intel’s upcoming Larrabee graphics chip will be a multi-core processor, and Chipzilla’s Dunnington already counts six cores.
Sun Microsystem’s Rock processor has 16 cores and Intel is rumoured to be planning a 32-core system very soon indeed.
Dell talks about 80 core processor
By Sylvie Barak on Nov 20, 2008 6:24AM