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IBM Invests $3B in Powerful Processors of the Future

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Re: 12 core
Cabe Atwell   8/26/2014 5:10:56 PM
Desktops will never die out. There will always be a need to have greater processing power year after year. Unless that comes in the form of server side processing for remote terminals, people will still buy home monster-machines.

This need has kept me from going mobile for gaming and CAD/video production.


Couldn't a single thread process be handled by several processors. Each handling different aspects? 

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Re: 12 core
AnandY   7/30/2014 9:13:21 AM
@patb2009: Certainly. Software modifications should be present too, as weaker software would still need all the cores to work. Given that the work is shared between all the cores, but what happens when the overhead is created through not using 8 cores when 4 cores are occupied by a program? I think since IBM is funding so much, it?ll soon come up with software solutions as well.

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Today's supercomputer
AnandY   7/30/2014 9:13:16 AM
As we know, today's supercomputer is tomorrow's normal computer. If IBM has invested billions in mobile computing then maybe we can see some changes in the processing architecture in mobile processors. I think desktops will cease to exist within the next 20 years or so.

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Re: 12 core
patb2009   7/26/2014 5:39:00 PM
The key to anything in multi-core is to have software that can use these cores efficiently.


if your software is single threaded and the other 11 processors are just sucking power and generating heat you have a real waste.


You want the other cores doing useful tasks.


it's a pity chip speeds have been so stagnant.

memory architecture has gone nowhere in a decade

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12 core
Cabe Atwell   7/24/2014 7:36:44 PM
AMD is coming out with a 12 core processor too... future is looking good.

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