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Adapteva Announces 700 MHz, 4096-Core Processor

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There is a new startup that is developing a multicore architecture IP that promises up to 4,096 RISC processing cores on a single die.

The company claims that the chip will be achieving a performance efficiency of 70 GFlops per watt. The flagship processor would produce more than five times the floating point performance of the ASCI RED, a supercomputer that used 9,680 Pentium Pro processors back in 1997, which was good for a total performance of 1 TFlops.

Adapteva's Epiphany chip is planned to be available in versions with just one core with a die size of 0.1 mm2 (28 nm) and 0.5 mm2 (65 nm), 16 cores (2.05 mm2 and 8.96 mm2 in 65 nm and 28 nm, respectively), 64 cores (8.2 mm2 in 28 nm), 256 cores (32.7 mm2 in 28 nm), 1,024 cores (131.1 mm2 in 28 nm) and 4,096 cores (524.3 mm2 in 28 nm). However, the company said that it has only built up to 16-core processors in actual silicon so far.

The single-core chip is said to deliver 2 GFlops at 1 GHz, while the 16-core processors provides up to 32 GFlops at 1 GHz. The 4,096-core version (700 MHz) is estimated to deliver 5.6 TFlops of sustained floating point performance while consuming only 80 watts.

There was no information about the availability of the Epiphany processors.

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    willard , March 21, 2012 1:27 PM
    memadmaxWhy are they worried about energy efficiency?I know that its good to, but this seems to be an "all out" processor, so that should be secondary.

    Supercomputers have absolutely unbelievable energy costs. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top priorities for people designing them.

    Power is easy, efficiency is hard.
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    kawininjazx , March 21, 2012 1:39 PM
    But can it run Internet Explorer with 40 toolbars?
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    hardcore_gamer , March 21, 2012 1:38 PM
    jacekringStop with that already...the iPad 3 can probably run Crysis. Crysis is old and dated now...can it run BF3 on max settings is a better question?


    Crysis with mods is still one of the best looking games even today.
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    hardcore_gamer , March 21, 2012 1:02 PM
    I think they are using MIPS cores.
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    willard , March 21, 2012 1:27 PM
    memadmaxWhy are they worried about energy efficiency?I know that its good to, but this seems to be an "all out" processor, so that should be secondary.

    Supercomputers have absolutely unbelievable energy costs. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top priorities for people designing them.

    Power is easy, efficiency is hard.
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    ProDigit10 , March 21, 2012 1:35 PM
    Those are the servers of the future.
    I remember Intel wanting to create a 128 core cpu, running at 1,6Ghz per core, and ~95W TDP.
    In the future, these can be used for company servers, running 128 gigabit network connections, the size slightly larger than an external harddrive case, or a single rack unit!

    For the home user, I'd love to see nettop sized computers having these 32/64/128 core processors in them! They'd make more than a bittorrent client with multi network connections, home theater, and personal PC!
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    hardcore_gamer , March 21, 2012 1:38 PM
    jacekringStop with that already...the iPad 3 can probably run Crysis. Crysis is old and dated now...can it run BF3 on max settings is a better question?


    Crysis with mods is still one of the best looking games even today.
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    kawininjazx , March 21, 2012 1:39 PM
    But can it run Internet Explorer with 40 toolbars?
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    chosenlast , March 21, 2012 1:42 PM
    The "Can it run Crysis?" meme is getting old, but I still appreciate seeing it. Personally I hope it never dies.

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    freggo , March 21, 2012 1:45 PM
    I have the nagging feeling that I am the only one in here who has absolutely no idea what kind of game 'Crysis' actually is :-)
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    wiyosaya , March 21, 2012 1:52 PM
    5.6 times ASCI RED performance and only 80W. I wonder how much power ASCI RED consumed?
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    Marco925 , March 21, 2012 1:57 PM
    Imagine that task manager!!!! (that is if it was x86 based)
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    CaedenV , March 21, 2012 2:01 PM
    freggoI have the nagging feeling that I am the only one in here who has absolutely no idea what kind of game 'Crysis' actually is :-)

    It was/is a first person shooter that took unbelievable amounts of processing power to run in it's day. Even on the lowest levels it had a hard time reaching 60fps on gaming systems. Due to these rediculous requirements it became the de-facto standard by which computer hardware was measured for a very long time (well... a long time in computer years anyways). But now even medium level hardware can run Crysis maxed out, so the joke really no longer applies.
    >-------Knee-------->
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    xrodney , March 21, 2012 2:03 PM
    wiyosaya5.6 times ASCI RED performance and only 80W. I wonder how much power ASCI RED consumed?

    About 800KW according to specs.
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    slabbo , March 21, 2012 2:09 PM
    is this new company the one from MIT, that a story was posted here a few weeks back?
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2012 2:25 PM
    According to Wiki: 850kW, thats 10.000 times more, or roughly 60.000 times less efficient
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    jaber2 , March 21, 2012 2:33 PM
    Do you realy need that much cpu power on your next tablet?
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    kentlowt , March 21, 2012 2:58 PM
    jaber2Do you realy need that much cpu power on your next tablet?

    You can never have too much power!
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    maxinexus , March 21, 2012 3:20 PM
    Best part is that they got to 16 core only ...so far a long way to 4096
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