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PostSubject: Sextuple Cores   Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:05 am

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An Intel sign is displayed in front of the computer chip maker's headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel on Monday rolled out its first chip with six brains, unveiling a "multi-core" microprocessor that boosts computing muscle while cutting back on electricity use.

Intel on Monday rolled out its first chip with six brains, unveiling a "multi-core" microprocessor that boosts computing muscle while cutting back on electricity use.

The world's leading computer chip maker's new Xeon 7400 series microprocessor is tailored for businesses that want to boost server performance while conserving on space and energy.

Intel executives say the Xeon 7400 is part of an "incremental migration" toward chips with limitless numbers of "cores" that seamlessly and efficiently share demanding computer processing tasks.

Intel and rival Advanced Micro Devices have two-core and four-core chips on the market.

The six-core chip delivers 50 percent more performance than its quad-core predecessor while using 10 percent less electric power, according to Intel enterprise group vice president Tom Kilroy.

Electricity and cooling expenses can account for nearly half the cost of running company computer servers.

"It isn't just performance and energy efficiency but the use models," Kilroy said of the boon promised by increasingly powerful chips. "One of the major ones is virtualization."

Multi-core chips are boons to computing trends including high-definition video viewing online; businesses offering services applications on the Internet; and single servers running many "virtual" machines.

"There is a realization that we will be able to bring things to market that weren't feasible four years ago," MySpace vice president of technical operations Richard Buckingham said while discussing the new chip's potential.

MySpace is among a growing number of Internet companies using "virtualization" to essentially multiply the usefulness of computing hardware with software that creates simulated computers complete with operating systems.

"When developers ask you for something you can pull it out of the air, literally," VeriSign engineering director John Bosco said of virtualization made possible by multi-core chips.

Multi-core chips basically allow computers to divvy up tasks to work on simultaneously instead of having a single powerful processor handle a job in a linear style from start to finish.

"It helps keep things exciting. Our development community has embraced the multi-core era," Bosco said.

Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Unisys and Fujitsu are among the computer makers building the new Xeon 7400 chips into servers designed for business networks, according to Intel.

It's multicores age ~!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sextuple Cores   Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:01 pm

Sadly, most of the software that we use currently (and that include games) is not optimised for processors with more than 2 cores.
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PostSubject: Re: Sextuple Cores   Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:22 pm

chinhau5 wrote:
Sadly, most of the software that we use currently (and that include games) is not optimised for processors with more than 2 cores.

erm....since i never use a computer with the processor higher than the single core pentium 4, but regarding one of my friend who is using quad core, said the processors usage can be set or something, is it really so or some other way round ....@@
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PostSubject: Re: Sextuple Cores   Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:35 pm

chinhau5 wrote:
Sadly, most of the software that we use currently (and that include games) is not optimised for processors with more than 2 cores.

Yes. Dual-core is still the best. For normal user to extreme gamers or overclockers. They chooses dual-core because so far I haven't seen any games outside or application would fully utilize all the 4 cores. So generally its a waste of money to get a quad-core currently. Even the most hardware demanding games, crysis, relies more on GPU rather than CPU.

Not sure whether quad-core would be better in CAD or not. But only those who need to handle large amount of data processing would need a hell lot of cores. Servers, mainframe or whatever usually uses at least quad-core.
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