Intel Working to Make Many Cores Seem Like One
May 22, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."