[Beowulf] 64-core processor...

Vincent Diepeveen diep at xs4all.nl
Wed Aug 22 13:46:52 PDT 2007


Hi,

I was notified a few days already at this chip.
The price of $435 is interesting new information to me.

It mentions at their own homepage it's 32 bits completely, no mention of 64 bits.

the bandwidth looks impressive, 4 memory controllers.

More important than all those other chips seems memory consumption of this chip.

Very interesting for telecommunication. The power usage there is most important.

Looks a tad less impressive considering its huge price, for number crunching.

This chip could be a great seller if they would offer it for a dump price. 

Say $25 a cpu.

Who knows, could conquer quite some markets then.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Peter St. John 
  To: beowulf at beowulf.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:28 PM
  Subject: [Beowulf] 64-core processor...


  From Slashdot I picked up on PCMag's http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2173203,00.asp which describes Tilera's 64-core processor. (Tilera is apparently an MIT spinoff.) They say their first customers are network swtiches and "CGI render farms". 

  Each core has it's own tiny router, "iMesh". 

  A price mentined is $435 ($7/core sounds nice, doesnn't it?) for quantity 10K, which makes me wonder if 100 sites could each take 100 chips from a collaboration (still too much for my budget). 

  Booting Linux is mentioned but not specified, the article expresses some doubt that a full kernel is meant.

  Just a curiousity.

  Peter


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