Intel's new 50-core chip delivers 1 teraflop of processing power

Dual-cores, quad-cores, hexa-core and even octa-core processors are fairly common, but how many people can boast about their computer having over 50 cores packed tighter than sardines in a 22nm piece of silicon? You can if you're Intel.

Intel's "Knights Corner" co-processor is part of its line of "Many Integrated Core" (MIC) architecture, and while it's no petaflop crunching supercomputer, it's still a monster of its own kind. So what do you do with a chip this powerful? Do you stick it in a gaming PC, crank up all the settings on high and play a little Battlefield 3? Start rendering huge video files like there's no tomorrow?

Actually, you won't be doing any of that. Intel's not exactly selling Knights Corner to any consumers. Instead, the chip with more-cores-than-regular-people-need will be used for "highly parallel applications, such as weather modeling, tomography, proteins folding and advanced materials simulation."

It's probably for the better that we can't get our hands on one of these processors. Aside from professionals and hardcore gamers, who really needs more than a Core i7 dual-core processor anyway? Heck, most people don't even need that. An iPad will do fine in most cases.

It's not like having 50 cores will mean my computer will magically type my articles for me and I can sit on a beach somewhere and just relax. If only...

Via Tom's Hardware

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