UNIVERSITY RESEARCH TYPES have come up with another classic 'because we can' project. This time, it's a 1,000-core processor chip.
The Kilocore boasts a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second from its 621 million transistors.
"To the best of our knowledge, it is the world's first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock rate processor ever designed in a university," said Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Davis, who fronted the project.
The Kilocore tramples the previous record for similar devices of 300 cores. The IBM 32nm CMOS processor can be set to run 1,000 separate programs, which marks a shift away from similar innovations which can run only a limited number of processes, but commit them to multiple cores.
This creates more throughput but uses significantly less energy. Further energy savings can be made as each core can choose to shut itself down if it's not required.
Each core runs at an average of 1.78GHz (about the per-core speed of a smartphone) and all 1,000 are in direct communication with one another, bypassing that whole messy pooling area that often brings these smashing ideas to a grinding halt.
This means that 115 billion instructions per second takes up just 0.7 watts. Let's put that another way: you can run it off a single AA battery. For realsies. Nvidia's Tegra K1 GPU with its 192-cores can't do that for a tablet.
UC Davis has come up with a whole bunch of proposals as to what this thing could do, but a better question would be what it can't. It's not quite quantum computing, but until the boffs can get around the whole absolute zero nonsense, this could well be the Messiah of tech.
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