Researchers Create CPU With 1,000 Cores

Think you're pretty cool there with your hexacore desktop processor? That's nothing. Researchers from the University of Glasgow have created a CPU that has 1,000 cores – that's right, one thousand cores on a single chip.

The scientists are using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chip with 1,000 mini-circuits inside. The chip has some considerable bandwidth too, as it was able to process 5GB of data per second in testing. Each core has its own dedicated memory.

Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede, the lead on the project, said, "FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small because they are so much quicker - so they are also a greener option."

"This is very early proof-of-concept work where we're trying to demonstrate a convenient way to program FPGAs so that their potential to provide very fast processing power could be used much more widely in future computing and electronics," he added.

While it won't do anything to upset the current state of desktop computing, it's interesting research into the massively multicore future.

Read more at the DailyMail.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • buddhav1
    cool story bro
  • henydiah
    1000 core fastest chip in the world ! maybe.. yes
  • alhanelem
    overkill much?
  • dEAne
    When that particular 1,000 cores arrived we will never talk about overclocking anymore.
  • henydiah
    yeach we can not imagine, how much power needed ???
  • nua2
    I tought an FPGA had higher leak current compared to a Application specific IC.If they can fit 1000 in a FPGA probably they could fit 1500 in a ASIC...

    On,or1k they have an opensource CPU for FPGA.
  • bluekoala
    alhanelemoverkill much?Not overkill at all. Just highly scalable. It's not because don't yet know what to do with it that it's too much. Plus if this chip ends up being really cheap with a low power consumption, you could have one in a smart phone and not have to upgrade for CPU power.

    I have 800 stream processors in my HD4850. It's a nice step forward to have 1000 CPU cores in a chip.

    But what I'm really looking forward to is AMD's fusion cores ;)

  • nevertell
    They say it's power efficient.

    Well, how efficient is it ?
  • spellbinder2050
    Will today's software even utilize that much computing power?

    Also, what about bottlenecks? i.e. ram and disk.
  • Horhe
    FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program
    You can say that again! It took me a week to make one to display some text on a LCD screen (it was the first time I programmed a FPGA).

    I knew that FPGAs are very flexible, but I never knew that they are so powerful.