Dewd! More Computer Power Than You Can Imagine!
“A chip with 80 processing cores and capable of more than a trillion calculations per second (teraflop) has been unveiled by Intel. The Teraflop chip is not a commercial release but could point the way to more powerful processors, said the firm. The chip achieves performance on a piece of silicon no bigger than a fingernail that 11 years ago required a machine with 10,000 chips inside it. The challenge is to find a way to program the many cores simultaneously. Current desktop machines have up to four separate cores, while the Cell processor inside the PlayStation 3 has eight. Each core is effectively a programmable chip in its own right. But to take advantage of the extra processing power, programmers need to gives instructions to each core that work in parallel with one another.”
A teraflop on one chip… NOW we’re talkin’! I want one in my laptop! I like the photo they show that the new chip has the same power on the size of a fingernail that used to take and entire, huge computer room full of mainframe systems!