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Intel's Single Thread Acceleration 182

SlinkySausage writes "Even though Intel is probably the industry's biggest proponent of multi-core computing and threaded programming, it today announced a single thread acceleration technology at IDF Beijing. Mobility chief Mooly Eden revealed a type of single-core overclocking built in to its upcoming Santa Rosa platform. It seems like a tacit admission from Intel that multi-threaded apps haven't caught up with the availability of multi-core CPUs. Intel also foreshadowed a major announcement tomorrow around Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) — the replacement for BIOS that has so far only been used in Intel Macs. "We have been working with Microsoft," Intel hinted."
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Intel's Single Thread Acceleration

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  • by gEvil (beta) ( 945888 ) on Monday April 16, 2007 @09:32AM (#18749545)
    Ahhh, journalism at its finest: "The new chips will be able to overclock one of the cores if the other core is not being used." Then two paragraphs later: "This is not overclocking. Overclocking is when you take a chip and increase its clock speed and run it out of spec. This is not out of spec."

    That said, this seems to make perfect sense to me. If they're able to pump all that power into a single core while the other one is asleep/idle, all while keeping it within its operating parameters, then I'm all for it.
  • by Spokehedz ( 599285 ) on Monday April 16, 2007 @10:24AM (#18750121)
    See... I thought it was from that Red Dwarf episode, where Kryten put all the CPU time through one processor--exponentionally increasing it's computing power, but shortening it's overall lifespan.

    Holly only had 3min before she would be gone forever... And that bloody toaster had to ask if she wanted toast.

    Lets hope that Intel has solved this issue with their new CPU's.

    I for one which welcome, in soviet russia we compute you, and PROFIT!
  • ACK!!! (Score:2, Funny)

    by Gr8Apes ( 679165 ) on Monday April 16, 2007 @10:27AM (#18750159)
    Good lord, let me sell all my web, application, and DB servers then!!!! I've overpaid for 32 CPU systems!!!! ACK!!!
  • by baadger ( 764884 ) on Monday April 16, 2007 @11:25AM (#18750927)

    Lister: No, I don't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. NO TOAST. OR muffins! We don't LIKE muffins around here! We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and DEFINITELY no smegging flapjacks!

    Talkie Toaster: Ahh so you're a waffle man. topic... so shoot me.

  • Re:ACK!!! (Score:3, Funny)

    by Zombywuf ( 1064778 ) on Monday April 16, 2007 @12:57PM (#18752219)
    In which case the bottleneck is not the CPU, it's the idiot writing the software.

It seems intuitively obvious to me, which means that it might be wrong. -- Chris Torek