New IBM processor has 1000 cores and a 1.78GHz clock speed

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

We’ve seen and heard about all sort of computer processors in the past, but this one is definitely out of a sci-fi movie: the 32nm, 1,000 core beast known as the KiloCore is the fastest and most advanced processor ever made.

The processor contains a whopping 621 million transistors and is capable of handling 1.78 trillion instructions per second. No other processor in the world is capable of such performance, but it shouldn’t take long for others to come up with a competing product.

Professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, Bevan Baas, said each core can handle tasks independently so that if one core fails, the processor can continue to work:

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.

Having each core working independently also makes it possible for the processor to use less power. This is nothing new when it comes to computer processors but nonetheless, we are still shocked to learn that 1,000 cores on a single processor is a thing, and that they can perform in similar ways to regular computer processors.

Interestingly enough, the KiloCore is claimed to be around 100 times more efficient than the most modern laptop processor, but until it can be tested by critics, we’ll have to stay skeptical despite the hype.

We’d love to see how well the KiloCore stands up to Intel’s new Kaby Lake line of processors. This new processor could be the reason for a possible Surface Pro 5 delay.


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