Here’s 1,000 Processor Microchip
A team of scientists at the University of California have come up with the world’s first KiloCore chip. It features 1,000 independently programmable processors and is capable of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. It is also claimed to be the world’s fastest chip ever designed at a university. The KiloCore chip was presented at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Honolulu. Here are the details you should know about this first 1,000 processor microchip:
Independently Programmable Processors
Each processor core has the capability to run its own small program independently of the others. This is a fundamentally flexible approach than single-instruction-multiple-data approach. So, the idea is to break an application into many small pieces and each of which can run in parallel on different processors.
This KiloCore chip is energy-efficient. As each processor of this world’s first 1,000 processor chip is independently clocked, it can shut itself down to save energy. According to Bevan Baas, Professor at the University of California, who led the team that designed the chip architecture, claims that chip is the most energy-efficient yet. For example, 1000 processors can execute 115 billion instructions per second while dissipating only 0.7 watts.
Transfer Data Directly
The cores of the chip operate at an average maximum clock frequency of 1.78GHz. Also, they can transfer data directly to each other. The KiloCore chip is capable of executing instructions more than 100 times more efficiently as compared to a modern laptop processor.
The applications that are already available for this world’s first 1,000 processor microchip are wireless coding/decoding, encryption, and more involving large amounts of parallel data.
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