It seems like massive scale multi-core cpus are increasing in popularity. A third party competitor is entering the market with a mobile cpu co-processor. Adapteva is announcing the Epiphany co-processor, but the question is really what’s it good at, and who is going to integrate it into a new phone design. Read On:
Intel is doing its level best to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt concerning how viable ARM based chips would be in a data center server rack. ARM is the engine of many a cell phone, but server loads? That’s the question Intel is trying to raise even as data center floor space and cooling costs become more expensive. Calxeda is trying to emphasize the lower energy consumption going forward attempting to put a greener face on its potential data center installations.
In spite of yesterday’s news about Intel’s “3D” transistor in its up and coming 22nm production fab, there’s other Intel research still ongoing that might prove to be groundbreaking as well. I’m talking about the experimental 80 core intel cpu that followed on from Intel’s failed attempt at a graphics processor, the i740 and it’s follow-up the Larrabee. The latter gpu notably was created using a bunch of general purpose Intel Pentium 54c cores, shrunk down and crammed together on a PCI card. From Larrabee sprung the 80 core cpu research, which shrank to 48 cores and now 24.
What would you do if you had a cloud computing environment sitting in a 2 Unit rack sized box? Well we’ll never know unless YOU TRY IT! Tilera is signing up all kinds of manufacturers to try out test samples of it’s unique cpu in products that range from Quanta’s S2Q to security gateways for networks. There’s a lot of applications potentially, but so far not nearly enough shipping product. So what’s going on anyways?