Thursday, October 14, 2010

Core-Count Wars?

You want singularitarianism? Think of how long ago (answer: not long) the "Giga-/Mega-hertz" wars gave way to multi-core CPUs, and now this:
AMD CTO of servers Donald Newell prognosticated that the number of individual CPUs on a chip won't go up forever: "There will come an end to the core-count wars," he told IDG News. Just as the megahertz race was eventually defeated by thermal restrictions, so too will the number of cores on an chip cease to increase. " I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade...
Accelerating returns!

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