Intel Leaps Ahead with New Processor Platform February 11, 2006Posted by John in Technology.
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
|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