Monday, July 14, 2008

Intel Compute Power Just Increased 1000X

Earlier this month Intel began messaging to software developers to prepare for compute processors with "thousands of cores." I think the implication of this much compute power on the horizon will have dramatic affects on the development of dedicated ASICs for a wealth of applications. For networking products, like those from Vyatta, the implications are huge - imagine a core (or ten) per process doing VPN termination, encryption, anti-virus analysis, intrusion detection and so on. I wrote a bit about this for Om awhile back - this post might be worth revisiting for a refresher.


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