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It is not just difficult to design and manufacture a chip for workloads that will be run many years in the future, it is damned near impossible. This is because so many shifting alternative technologies will materialize between the time you make your plan and when it is executed. Any chipmaker has to be both flexible and patient …

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Mushroom

72 cores, eh?

Appearing in mobile phone in, what? 6 months?

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Re: 72 cores, eh?

More likely in a Mikrotik router like the http://routerboard.com/CCR1036-12G-4S

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Re: 72 cores, eh?

Better get a bigger battery. 72*0.4W ="my pocket's on fire"

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Mushroom

Re: 72 cores, eh?

Told you so!

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formidible tech

But we're talking what c29W for the cores and what about the rest of the on chip stuff?

Just out of interest is there an assembler as well?

Thumbs up for bringing a seriously different approach to market.

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Prove it

Make a machine that gets into the top 500 supercomputers, then I'll look at it.

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Angel

Re: Prove it

er, http://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/48193-new-eu-based-supercomputer-arm-based/

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Re: Prove it

I have been an ARM user since 1987 when I bought my Archimedes 305.

I design and manufacture embedded hardware using ARM chips for preference.

I follow ARM developments keenly and know their strengths well.

Here though, we're talking about Tilera's implementation which will undoubtedly be memory bandwidth-constrained with 72 cores in a single package.

Unless, perhaps, the problems are suited to a shared-code multiple data approach, in which case a GPU offers far more cores per chip.

Like Nvidia's latest chip the GK110 with 2,688 CUDA cores - as used in Titan http://www.olcf.ornl.gov/titan/

This Tilera chip seems an ill-conceived design to me, but all we have to do is wait and see what happens.

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Happy

Sex on a PCIe bus

I'm drooling over it. I must be getting old!

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