Scientist develop world’s first 1,000-processor chip in a University
In pursuit of doing a world’s first, scientists at the University of California have developed a microchip which features 1,000 processors. The chip called KiloCore has been designed in a way that each of its cores can run programs independently. The amazingly powerful chip is claimed to be the fastest ever created by a University, and it can compute up to 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. The chip is fabricated by IBM using the company’s own 32nm CMOS technology.
The KiloCore chip was recently displayed at the year’s Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Honolulu.
There have been a host of multi-processor chips made over time, but none have crossed the 300 processor mark. Speaking about the University’s claim, Bevan Baas, lead developer said,
To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university.
What makes the chip technology really special is that the cores onboard can do their own processing independently, which suggests the others can shut down to conserve energy. Additionally, the chips transfer data directly to each other which maintains speed and efficiency. Baas claims the KiloCore is most energy efficient multi-core processor ever made.
According to the developers, the 1,000 processor chip can be used in applications including wireless coding/decoding, video processing, encryption, scientific data applications and datacenter record processing.