UC Davis makes 1,000-Processor Chip

Researchers from UC Davis report the creation of a 1000-processor chip.

With a friendly name of “Kilocore”, the 32nm chip has 0.6 bn transistors and can process up to 1.8 Tera-ops per second. Researchers claim it is up to 100x more efficient than a standard laptop chip. The brief listed in the footer gives plenty of technical details of this achievement, but the most interesting is probably the table below:

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Power and performance characteristics of the kilocore chip

As we can see, frequency varies from 115 MHz to 1.7 GHz and pJ/op from 5.8 to 21.9. At the maximum frequency, the cores dissipate roughly 40 Watts. What is also notable in this case is that the impressive parameters were achieved in a university design, and not by a major chip maker.

IBM provided the silicon.


Press release: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/worlds-first-1000-processor-chip

Brief: http://vcl.ece.ucdavis.edu/pubs/2016.06.vlsi.symp.kiloCore/2016.vlsi.symp.kiloCore.pdf