We’ve been seeing a huge influx of multicore computer chips into the market in recent days. Where dual core and octa core were the norm for quite some time, these new chips push the bar with their 10-30 core designs.
However, the most extreme case of pushing the bar has been showcased by researchers from IBM and University of California, through their new chip, called the Kilocore.
Like the name suggests, this one of a kind chip is the World’s First 1,000 Processor Microchip, capable of working through 1.78 trillion instructions per second.
It may sound like overkill in terms of both power and performance, but this amazing piece of technology is as efficient as it is powerful, owing to the fact that each processor can be turned off or on independently.
This means that you get the option of running only one, two or all 1000 cores at the same time depending on your usage. To add to this efficiency, all the cores can also transfer data to each other directly.
This moves away from the general setup, where all cores would used a shared pool of memory, thus avoiding bottleneck issues during processing, while also making the chip extremely energy efficient.
The only thing that leaves some room for improvement is the fact that the chip uses the older 32 nanometre scale technology, instead of the current 14 nanometre scale.
It is not clear whether this was a deliberate choice in relation to the chip, or the researchers just wanted to leave some room for improvement for future iterations of the chip.
Whatever the reason might be, this chip is still one of the most powerful pieces of tech on the market. The applications for such a technology are as high profile as the chip itself, in a variety of fields, such as wireless coding and decoding, video processing, encryption, and a host of scientific data applications.
We just have to wait and see if something like this might be featured in the next generations of laptops, thus turning the wet dreams of power users into reality.