Researchers at U. of Glasgow Create 1,000 Core CPU

Forget those hexacore processors, as the researchers from University of Glasgow have created a CPU that has a thousand physical cores on a single chip. It was formulated using a FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip with 1,000 mini circuits inside. In terms of bandwidth, it was capable of processing 5GB of data per second during testing and each core had its own dedicated memory. Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede, the lead on the project, said,

“FPGAs are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small because they are so much quicker – so they are also a greener option.”

“This is very early proof-of-concept work where we’re trying to demonstrate a convenient way to program FPGAs so that their potential to provide very fast processing power could be used much more widely in future computing and electronics.”

Though this isn’t something new that will replace anything on the market, but it’s something to look forward to in the near future.

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