Piton Processor Has 25 Cores, Can Scale Up To 1 Million Cores In A System
The Piton processor has been developed by researchers at Princeton University. It is a custom 25 core processor and the cool thing about the Piton processor is that it can scale up to have one million cores inside a single system.
It is targeted at changing data-center and enterprise-grade cloud-based solutions especially which is powering the Internet. The need for faster and quicker data transfer is increasing with each passing day and this Piton processor could be the answer corporations are looking for.
David Wentzlaff, a Princeton assistant professor of electrical engineering and associated faculty in the Department of Computer Science, said in a statement:
What we have with Piton is really a prototype for future commercial server systems that could take advantage of a tremendous number of cores to speed up processing.
The Piton processor has the following features:
- 25 modified OpenSPARC T1 cores
- 1GHz per core clock frequency
- 460 million transistors
- Directory-based shared memory
- 3 On-chip networks
- Multi-chip shared memory support
- IBM 32nm SOI process (6mm*6mm)
According to the Princeton report:
The Princeton researchers designed their chip specifically for massive computing systems. Piton could substantially increase processing speed while slashing energy usage. The chip architecture is scalable – designs can be built that go from a dozen to several thousand cores, which are the independent processors that carry out the instructions in a computer program. Also, the architecture enables thousands of chips to be connected into a single system containing millions of cores.
The Piton processor is open-source so anyone interested and with the proper knowledge and tools can add to this project as well as be a part of something bigger. This has the potential to change things and I for one am excited about what this new tech could offer us in the future. This is still in development and we still have to wait for the final form but there is something cool in the works that is for sure.
What do you think about the Piton processor?