December 2008 Entries

Many-Core explained the Pat Helland way

This morning, I listened to a couple Channel9 podcasts with Pat Helland where he discussed the Many-Core movement.  There has been a lot of talk about parallelism and many-core computing, but Pat helped to put this in context. Pat explained the issues around cpu power consumption, the slowing rate of frequency increases. The fact that chips used to draw around 8 watts but now consume 150 watts helps explain why energy consumption is a hot topic in the data-center world. Based on this historical context, it makes a lot of sense why we'd move toward a many-core architecture. Instead of one...

posted @ Tuesday, December 02, 2008 9:41 AM | Feedback (0)