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 Feb 12, 2007 - 09:12 AM - by Michael
* Teraflop processors?

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Intel's apparently managed to get Teraflop performance out of one of their cores:
At 0.95 volts and 3.16 GHz - the clock speed that was indicated at the fall developer forum - the processor provides a data bandwidth of 1.62 Tb/s and a floating point performance of 1.01 TFlops, according to Intel. About ten years ago, Intel needed more than 10,000 Pentium Pro processors to achieve a similar performance. Even more impressive than the chip's speed is its power consumption: At 3.16 GHz, the CPU consumes 62 watts, which is less than the firm's current Core 2 Duo desktop processors and about half of the firm's 2.66 GHz quad-core Xeon X5355 processors (which are believed to provide a floating point performance of about 50-60 GFlops).
The glitch: you have to specially code to make use of an 80-core chip. Plus, it's just a "research" chip, and won't be on the market any time soon.
 

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