Intel Demos 48-Core CPU

The single-chip cloud computer aims to dramatically boost performance and power efficiency in laptops, desktops, and servers.
Researchers from Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo have begun porting applications running on cloud computing environments to Intel's latest concept chip. The group is using Hadoop, an open-source distributed file system used to process massive amounts of data.

The three companies are working through Open Cirrus, a multi-data center, open source test bed for cloud computing research and education. Open Cirrus was created by Yahoo, HP, Intel, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority, and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Intel plans to build at least 100 of the experimental chips for use by dozens of industrial and academic researchers worldwide who are developing software applications and programming models for future many-core processors.

Microsoft is among the companies that have joined the effort. "Our early research with the single chip cloud computer prototype has already identified many opportunities in intelligent resource management, system software design, programming models and tools, and future application scenarios," Dan Reed, Microsoft's corporate VP of extreme computing, said.

Intel's latest many-core prototype was developed by researchers in the company's labs in Bangalore, India; Braunschweig, Germany; and Hillsboro, Ore. Details of the chip's architecture and circuits are scheduled to be published in a paper presented at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February 2010.

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