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Dual Core? Quad Core? Nope, 48 Core!

"That's insane!" was my first reaction when I read this article's title. It's still 2009 and a Quad Core processor is more than enough, why would you need a 48 Core?

After I read the article, I changed my opinion. That's a cool project, the processor wasn't made for a usual computer, it's for a super computer capable of doing a lot of thing that human can do. The 48 core processor contains 1.3 billion transistors and nicknamed “single-chip cloud computer”. It executes commands quickly and smoothly.

...powerful enough to do more of what humans can.
...can carry 64 gigabytes of data per second.
...can accommodate a maximum of 64GB of memory.

So they're trying to make a computer that is stronger than human mind. A computer that (probably) is smarter than human. This is the time when computer will takeover the world (well it's close to 2012 after all - just kidding). With this kind of computer, everything will be easier, all difficulties will be solved by the computer.

But, there are some problems:
1. Needs a huge amount of power
2. Easily overheated
3. Hard to synchronize every core

Fortunately Intel anticipated that, the processor will use "adaptive mode", unused parts of the processor will be turned of when idle. And for the synchronization problem, they're still working on it.


Awesome!

Sources:
http://news.cnet.com
http://news.bbc.co.uk
http://www.wired.com

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10 comments:

Todd said...

Excellent post Yohan. We will be talking about AI in class this week and the implications of computers getting more and more advanced. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

I heard 2012 wasn't good. Have you seen it?

Yohan said...

Thanks Mr. Todd

Sorry that I couldn't speak much at the class because my throat hurts

Yea my friend rented the DVD, the graphical effects was excellent but the story wasn't good enough. But I think it's worth watching :)

Todd said...

yeah, that's what my friends tell me as well. i think i'll go and see it this week.

excellent job on you blog. i am impressed!

Yohan said...

thanks a lot Mr. Todd :)

aldoferian said...

hei if there is that kind of processor i'll be the one who bought it, because for rendering an animation movies would be so much faster than before. let say do you know that hair rendering for the woman character in Final Fantasy movie took about one year, but with those kind of processor maybe it will only takes weeks or days. It's really great news after all.

Yohan said...

haha yeah but using that kinda processor will shut down the electricity of the whole neighborhood around you

Bhasworo! said...

ever heard about GPU do CPU's jobs?

Yohan said...

Yep, but that's not so effective on multitasking

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