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Intel Leaps Ahead with New Processor Platform February 11, 2006

Posted by John in Technology.
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PodTech News was on the scene for an exclusive briefing, demo, and podcast with Intel’s Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner.

Future apps require extremely high computing capabilities, but are currently unobtainable due to frequency scaling and power limits.  Intel is establishing fundamental architectural shift to 10s or 100s of low-power, highly threaded IA cores per die.

Architecture yields orders of magnitude improvements in inter-core latency and bandwidth over traditional multi-processors systems.  As a result Intel is rethinking the micro and platform architectures and programming models to fully capitalize on benefits. 

As Internet and high performance computing resources require a more balanced platform architecture to ensure scalability,  Intel is driving this new platform capability for high bandwidth memory and I/O, aggressive power management, simplified parallel programming.

In addition to the Multi-core public unveiling, Intel announces Multi-core Research Program.  A coordinated research program from – circuits through emerging workloads – for future, highly scalable, energy-efficient platforms.   

The Multi-Core Research Program

Key Challenges
Research Direction 
Example Innovation
Programmability Simplify the writing of parallel programs Transactional memory to replace locks
Balanced Design Bring more memory closer to the cores 3D stacked memory
Energy Efficiency Fine control over core voltage and frequency Hi-speed CMOS voltage regulators
Scalability Identify and eliminate the remaining bottlenecks Configurable cache architecture
Applications Collaborate with leading application developers Future disclosure

The first quad-core servers will be available from Intel in early 2007                                   

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