Scientists Build 1,000 Core Processor, Claim It's 20 Times Faster Than Current Models

December 30, 2010


Seen here in a GW rendition of what the chip probably looks like, Scottish scientists have built a 1,000-core processor that's 20x faster than those currently on the market, but uses less power. Don't tell Tim "The Toolman" Taylor!

Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede led a research team at the University of Glasgow to create the futuristic processor using a programmable chip called a field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Instead of the built-in circuitry of conventional desktop computer chips, these processors can be customized. So with some extremely clever programming, the research team was able to divide the processor into 1,000 cores, each capable of its own computation.

According to the Daily Mail, the 1,000-core processor processes 5 gigabytes data per second, and that's "20 times faster than modern computers."

I'm all for faster processors, I just don't know why they quit at 1,000 cores. STOP HOLDING OUT ON US! I want some million-core chips and I want them now! But I will settle for a bag of store-brand Doritos. Get it? Chip joke! Also, I heard he gave Monty a reach-around in the back of their helicopter. Rescue Rangers FTW WTF?!

1,000-Core Chip Could Make PCs 20 Times Faster [mashable]

Thanks to Shenanigans, who, exactly -- shenanigans. And to Sam, who invented a billion-core chip but just hasn't built it yet.

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