Researchers build a KiloCore (1K core) processor with very low power


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On June 16 2016 a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering designed a chip called “KiloCore” which is containing 1,000 independent programmable processors. It is ergy-efficient “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors.

To the best of our knowledge, it is the world’s first 1,000-processor chip and it is the highest clock-rate processor ever designed in a university, Bevan Baas

The KiloCore was presented at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Honolulu. The KiloCore can perform many tasks at once while only using just 0.7W of power. Each core of processor can run its own program independently of others, which is more flexible way than so-called Single-Instruction-Multiple-Data approaches utilized by processors such as GPUs. Because each processor is independently clocked, it can shut down itself to save power. The KiloCore chip is based on 32 nm CMOS technology which is manufactured by IBM.