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Tilera Debuts 64 Core Processor

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  1. Easy Rhino

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    Tilera Corporation today launched the TILE64™ processor, the first in a family of Tile Processor™ chips based on a revolutionary architecture that can scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores. The TILE64 processor contains 64 full-featured, programmable cores - each capable of running Linux - and delivers 10X the performance and 30X the performance-per-watt of the Intel dual-core Xeon, and 40X the performance of the leading Texas Instruments DSP*. Initial target markets for the TILE64 processor include the embedded networking and digital multimedia markets.

    Tilera was founded in 2004 to bring to market the MIT research of Dr. Anant Agarwal who first created the mesh-based multicore architecture in 1996. The "Raw" project received multi-million dollar DARPA and National Science Foundation grants and spawned the development of the first tiled multicore processor prototype and associated multicore software in 2002. Backed by this immense body of work, Tilera holds 40-plus patents pending and a significant lead over other processor and DSP companies who are only now recognizing a need to adopt a similar multicore approach. Tilera has a dozen customers who are currently integrating the TILE64 processor into products in the advanced networking and digital multimedia space.

    "This is the first significant new chip architectural development in a decade," said Tilera President and C.E.O., Devesh Garg. "We developed this new architecture because existing multicore technologies simply cannot scale beyond a handful of cores. Moreover, customers have repeatedly indicated that the current multicore software tools are very primitive because they are based on single processor core models. We're introducing a revolutionary hardware and software platform that has solved the fundamental challenges associated with multicore scalability."

    Tilera's iMesh™ Interconnect
    Tilera's new architecture provides superior performance because it eliminates the on-chip bus interconnect, a kind of centralized intersection that information must flow through between cores within the chip, or before it leaves the chip. As engineers have added more cores to chips, the bus has created an information traffic jam because packets from these cores all must travel to one central point, like a spoke-and-wheel traffic intersection in an old city.

    Tilera's technology eliminates the bus by placing a communications switch on each processor core and arranging them in a grid fashion on the chip. This creates an efficient 2-dimensional traffic system for packets, much like the layout of a modern city's streets. Tilera's implementation of this grid architecture is called iMesh (intelligent Mesh), and it incorporates a number of patented innovations that enhance the performance and flexibility of the mesh. Because the aggregate bandwidth is orders of magnitude greater than a bus and the distance between cores is shorter, the iMesh technology can be leveraged to create grids as large or small as an application requires, creating a "computing-by-the-yard" scalability, with breakthrough performance and ultra-low power consumption.

    The TILE64 Processor Specifications
    The TILE64 processor incorporates 64 cores, providing dramatically more compute performance than any other competing multicore device. Each core is a full-featured, general purpose processor, including L1 and L2 caches and an innovative distributed L3 cache, and each is capable of running its own operating system such as Linux. The cores are overlaid with the iMesh network, which provides extremely low-latency, high bandwidth communications between the cores, memory and the I/O.

    In order to minimize total system power, cost and real estate, the TILE64 processor integrates four DDR2 memory controllers and a complete array of high speed I/O interfaces, including two 10 Gbps XAUI, two 10 Gbps PCIe, two 1 Gbps Ethernet RGMII, and a programmable flexible I/O interface to support interfaces such as compact flash and disk drives.

    The TILE64 processor is ideally suited for high performance embedded system markets. In the networking and telecommunications areas, the TILE64 processor is designed into switches and security appliances to provide unmatched performance of up to 20 Gbps of L4-L7 services. In the digital video and multimedia market, the TILE64 delivers an unprecedented two streams of broadcast quality high-definition H.264 encode capability in a single chip and more than 10 streams of encode for high-definition video conferencing applications.

    The Multicore Development Environment™ (MDE)
    The TILE64 processor is supported by the most robust set of software tools ever designed for multicore processor technology. The toolset is based on an industry proven, open programming environment and adds advanced multicore debugging and profiling techniques to accelerate developer productivity and time to market.

    The Tilera MDE includes a powerful Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE), an ANSI standard C compiler, a full system simulation model and a set of flexible command-line interfaces. The MDE also provides innovative, graphically-driven tools for debugging and profiling multicore processors as well as an application level library that provides lightweight socket-like stream communication mechanisms. The TILE64 processor supports this immense body of open source tools and applications with the standard SMP Linux programming environment.

    Pricing and Availability
    The TILE64 processor is available now in three different device variants based on frequency and I/O capabilities. Production pricing for the TILE64 family starts at $435 in 10K unit quantities. Tilera's roadmap also includes plans for a 36-core and a 120 core device. More information on Tilera and the TILE64 processor can be found on Tilera's new web site, also launched today, at www.tilera.com.

    About Tilera
    Tilera Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company, is the first to introduce a family of mesh-based processors combining a large number of programmable cores on a single chip. Founded in 2004, the company has assembled a world-class team with a proven track record of building successful businesses and delivering silicon, hardware and software products. Tilera, venture funded by Bessemer Venture Partners, Walden International, Columbia Capital and VentureTech Alliance, is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. and operates a Research and Development facility in Westborough, Mass. Visit www.tilera.com for more information.

    Source: tilera
     
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    w00t ill have a dual 64core mobo with 128cores total and one terrabyte of ram to go please :nutkick:
     
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    Whoa.. all of a sudden some unknown company comes out with a new product that threatens to destroy Intel/AMD.... hooray for the end of the monopoly!
     
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    the king is dead, long live the king hahahaha
     
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    im guessing intel and amd are already working on it. tilera just happens to be the first. i bet they sell themselves to the highest bidder.
     
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    intel ? :twitch:
     
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    wouldnt be surprised. but i also wouldnt be surprised if intel is already close to something like this. regardless, the Hot Chips conference is this week so maybe we will learn more about the fancy new semiconductors in our future.
     
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    ... i want. i also want gazillion core support in my games.
     
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    the hardest thing to do will find a mobo and ram that it will work on i would have thought and in this day and age if they do well intel or amd will but buy out the company
     
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    I highly doubt it's an X86 chip. In fact, it says it's some new architecture which means software isn't widely available (yet).
     
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    it is just a short period of time before this company gets accused of patent infringement and is taken over by Intel no doubt, but this is certainly good news for competition sake.
     
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    Sure thing, that'll be 4.35 million dollars. :p Can I have some of your spare CPU's?

     
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    Yup. Everything I've heard about Tile says that making the cores X86 basically defeats the purpose mainly because X86 takes up more space. Anyway, I've heard of Intel saying the future of CPU's isn't in "multi-core", but in this tile architecture. This may prove the end for X86 in some regard. Still speculating, but since Linux is basically already supported, this can prove interesting for the battle between Windows and Linux too I would think.
     
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    the race is on to see who can implement this first
     
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    I remember reading something like this from AMD saying about tile processing or something.


    This is a nice new advancement, but holy crap 64 cores is alot. You wont even need graphics or hell memory :lol:


    Its server and media support right now so we will see where it goes from there.
     
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    I guess everyone forgots that Intel has a 80core CPU... And is working...
     
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    they have a prototype of an 80 core processor. it isnt ready for production.
     
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    Hope Intel makes a good job of it's 80 core cpu... woot multi gaming here we come lol
     
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    If u need a render farm or do some complex simulations, go ahead, get this. But for us gamers it equally useful as a BBQ on Antarctic.
     
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    Eskimos want BBQ too...
     
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    Question One: Is it x86 ?

    Don't think so. It says "runs Linux successfully" but Linux runs on pretty much every machine architecture be it x86, PPC, ARM, or SPARC.

    Two: What if it isn't x86?

    Windows closed.


    Got to admit, such new players are good for the industry. If only Microsoft opens up to other machine architectures, it would nail down x86 monopolies. Why don't the Europeans come up with a law-suit against companies that put x86 into monopoly (like they fight web-browser anti-monopoly suits so well). If PPC is given room to grow in the industry, it has the potential to dethrone x86. Who can make that happen? Microsoft. "Windows 7 supports PPC and SPARC" will do wonders for the industry. Imagine all those SPARC based servers running Windows. And then who knows, IBM CELL on your desktop.
     
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    A pretty impressive level of component integration:

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