Scientists develop chip with thousands of processors

Jun

20

2016

US scientists, in collaboration with IBM built a chip composed of thousands of processors. It is the first time that it is possible to build one chip from which so many, individually controllable, processors exist.

According to the researchers, at the University of California at Davis, called Kilo Core microchip at around 1.78 trillion instructions per second run with its 621 million transistors. Each of the one thousand processors can be controlled individually, so as to be able to distribute tasks.

For the construction of the microchip is working with IBM, which has baked the processors at 32 nanometers. The clock rate is up to 1,87GHz. Despite the large number of processors, the scientists say that the chip efficient in its use of energy. So there would be a calculation involving 115 billion instructions per second are performed consumed only 0.7 watts. This chip would be a hundred times more efficient than a typical processor.

More details will give US researchers at an upcoming scientific publication. There is also already a successor to the chip in the pipeline, with a different design. A commercial version is not currently still on the schedule.

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