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How powerful is Intel's 80 Core Teraflop processor?

Intel recently demonstrated the 80 core processor which can perform more than 1 trillion calculations per second ( 1 teraflop ).

So how powerful is that? Let's make a 'small' comparision between Intel's teraflop chip (still under research) and the first supercomputer to calculate at 1 teraflop, the ASCI Red supercomputer.
The ASCI Red supercomputer was developed at Sandia National Laboratories 10 years ago.

Below is an image of the ASCI Red supercomputer.


The ASCI Red used nearly 10,000 Pentium Pro processors, had 104 cabinets and consumed 2,500 square feet of floor space. This monster consumed about 500 kilowatts of electricity.

In comparision, Intel's latest research chip prototype measures 275 millimeters squared and consumes just 62 watts of electricity.

Now that is some tech leap!

Via CNET | Image source

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, February 14, 2007


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