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Intel Working to Make Many Cores Seem Like One

May 22, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"When Intel ran into a performance wall with CPUs about a decade ago, it was the end of the single-core era of chips. As the thinking went, if chipmakers couldn't get processors to 4GHz, 5GHz and beyond, then they would get performance by dividing up the work among multiple CPU cores.

"That's great for apps that lend themselves to multithreaded execution. But there are still some applications, such as massive calculations or data searches and sorts, where Step B requires the results of Step A, and in that case, a single 5GHz core will get you there faster than two 2.5GHz cores.

"So Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is creating a workaround called Anaphase that it is starting to show off to the public."

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