Tilera Shows Off 72-Core Chip Architecture

by Sean Michael Kerner

What can you do with a 72-core chip?

While Intel and AMD dominate the traditional server space, other chip architectures are increasingly making inroads. One of them is silicon vendor Tilera, which recently announced a new 72-core chip.

Tilera was demoing its 72-core TILE-Gx this past week at the RSA conference where ServerWatch was able to see the hardware up close.

Bob Doud, director of processor strategy for Tilera, explained that big hardware vendors will often take Tilera processors and then design them into products. Tilera also has a 1U developer server to help organizations prototype systems and better understand what can be done with a big 72 core chip.

Tilera Server The Tile Gx72 includes 23 Megabytes of on-chip distributed, coherent L3 cache. The chip can deliver over 80 Gbps of I/O and 24 lanes of PCI-e, and is packaged with four memory controllers.

The Tilera platform itself is modular, and the company offers multiple processor options, including 9-, 16- and 36-core versions.

From an operating system standpoint, Tilera's systems run the CentOS Linux operating system, which is a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The Tilera chips can be deployed in multiple form factors, including server as well as on a PCI card for co-processing and offload. From a security perspective the co-processing can be used for intrusion detection, firewall and deep packet inspection.

Watch the video below and see the Tilera TILE-Gx72 for yourself:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network,  the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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This article was originally published on Thursday Mar 7th 2013
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