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Intel Unveils 50-Core Supercomputing Processor

Jun 02, 2010, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Intel has announced a new multi-core processor, and the fact that it was introduced at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) instead of the consumer-oriented Computex show taking place at the same time should be an indication of its target market.

""Knight's Corner" is the codename for this processor, called a many integrated core (MIC) architecture. It consists of 50 x86 cores crammed onto a single 22-nanometer-process chip smaller than a postage stamp.

"Knight's Corner is different from the experimental 48-core processor that Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) had previously shipped out, which was built on older x86 core designs and not very parallel. The 48-core processor was often referred to as a single-chip cloud-computing processor and meant for massive cloud and virtualization scenario."

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