Intel to roll out a Teraflops Chip that’ll break all boundaries of desktop computing

Intel Terra XXLIntel, the world’s largest chip-manufacturer is all out to set a ground-breaking record that’ll far surpass all it’s prior achievements. The brand new introduction is going to be an 80-core chip that crunches numbers at the rate of 1 trillion floating-point operations/second. That too running at a 3.2-GHz clock speed with a total power consumption of 62 watts, to yield a record 16 Gflops/watt. If these figures don’t mean much to you, imagine a raw power of a large mainframe computer on a single chip or the “equivalent of 80 blade processors plugged into a high-speed backplane.” If you still can’t imagine the horsepower, think of 80 separate computers using a high-speed hardware interconnect – all on a single chip silently powering you desktop.

While all other big players like AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and even startups like Ambric Inc. are cracking their brains over massively parallel multicore chips, Intel has managed to outsmart everyone by taking a giant leap in a completely different direction. Am sure you’ve heard of the concept called “routing” that makes the internet tick. Every single computer hooked to the internet manages to find each other through an intelligent process called routing or route mapping. If one particular route fails for some reason (intermediate servers go down, for example), alternate routes can always be discovered so as to not hamper the flow of data. The Teraflops Research Chip employs a similar technology that allows it to effectively bypass a core that has been damaged due to some reason and still continue processing smoothly without letting off an inkling to the software running on it.

 

Cyborg - Is this our future?The possibilities of such processing power are limitless. For example, artificial intelligence, instant video communications, photo-realistic games, multimedia data mining and real-time speech recognition – all of which, once deemed as far-fetched science fiction as portrayed in ‘Star Trek’ shows – could become everyday realities. Fields like realtime weather prediction & financial modelling – which are severely gagged by the lack of adequate processing power could gain tremendous benefits out of such a technology.

While the chip is just a prototype that is going to be demonstrated at the Integrated Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco and is far from being mass-produced, it definitely gives us a vivid glimpse into what the future has in store for us.

Source: InformationWeek

A Human Figure Clock & a Live Fish-Tank Lava Lamp using computer monitor

Human Figure EightRecently, I came across this post in the Stupid Random and Hilarious blog that depicted the digits 0-9 composed of various strange combinations of human postures. Following the trail, I came upon this real-time clock that utilises these figures to display the current time.

The clock has been designed by Billy Chasen who’s a Long Island (New York) based freelance graphics designer as well as a web designer. Billy’s site had another bunch of surprises in store. Billy is an accomplished artist who dabbles in innovative artwork revolving around technology. He always comes up with ingenuous ideas to incorporate technology “either directly or figuratively” into all his pieces giving birth to some really cool fusion art.

What really caught my attention at his site was this Lava Lamp made out of an aquarium with live fish placed on top of a computer monitor. According to Billy, “the fish do not mind the monitor and are sometimes entranced by it.” He’s even got a short video of the lamp in action at his site. I simply loved the concept and admired Billy’s work even more after watching the video.

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A couple of more examples of his work, which include a portrait made out of acrylic strips and a still-life composition using a rusty anvil which is supported mid-air by a quilt pen dipped in an inkwell which rests on the Bible. The piece is called “Weight of Words“.
Portrait made out of Acrylic Strips Weight of Words

Here’s more from the beautiful mind of Billy Chasen.

P.S. This is an introductory post which comes in the wake of a new section in my blog named “Trend-Setters“.