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Parallella: an Open Multi-Core CPU Architecture

metatheism Epiphany's Architecture (103 comments)

Have a look at The Register's article for some details.

The Epiphany core has a mere 35 instructions – yup, that is RISC alright – and the current Epiphany-IV has a dual-issue core with 64 registers and delivers 50 gigaflops per watt. It has one arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and one floating point unit and a 32KB static RAM on the other side of those registers.

Each core also has a router that has four ports that can be extended out to a 64x64 array of cores for a total of 4,096 cores. The currently shipping Epiphany-III chip is implemented in 65 nanometer processors and sports 16 cores, and the Epiphany-IV is implemented in 28 nanometer processes and offers 64 cores.

The secret sauce in the Epiphany design is the memory architecture, which allows any core to access the SRAM of any other core on the die. This SRAM is mapped as a single address space across the cores, greatly simplifying memory management. Each core has a direct memory access (DMA) unit that can prefetch data from external flash memory.

The initial design didn't even have main memory or external peripherals, if you can believe it, and used an LVDS I/O port with 8GB/sec of bandwidth to move data on and off the chip from processors. The 32-bit address space is broken into 4,096 1MB chunks, one potentially for each core that could in theory be crammed onto a single die if process shrinking continues.

about 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

metatheism This is my approach (756 comments)

Drivers, what's your approach?

Compile as modules, load dynamically ;-)

more than 2 years ago

William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

metatheism I'm givin' it all she's got, Captain! (294 comments)

Clearly Scotty's expertise does not extend to the realm of dynamic load-balancing :)

more than 4 years ago

Law Prevents British Websites From Being Archived

metatheism Anarchy in the UK... (107 comments)

... is obsolete; the problem of oppressive social hierarchies is nothing compared to the threat of rampant archivists!

Anarchivists Unite!

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins

metatheism Re:I can't wait to... (268 comments)

I've had a change of heart. Let's take it slow.

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Closed Beta Begins

metatheism Re:I can't wait to... (268 comments)

Me neither, and I'm waiting on you!

more than 4 years ago


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