Intel Reveals "Larrabee" Teraflop Processor

Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of microprocessors, has disclosed several details concerning its project code-named Larrabee. Apparently, the latter, despite of certain media reports, has no direct relation to Intel's graphics processing unit's development, but is a part of Intel's Tera-Scale initiative, under which the company develops chips for special-purpose computing.

Intel's code-named Larrabee processor, which seems to be an array of computational arithmetic logic units (ALUs) with caches as well as memory controller, will be capable of processing "well in excess" of a teraflop of data, according to Justin Rattner, Intel Corp.'s chief technology officer. The processor is set for release in 2010, but could show up in 2009, Mr. Rattner is quoted to have said, InformationWeek web-site reports.

Even though the code-named Larrabee processor can compute 3D graphics, just like any other modern microprocessor via ray-tracing technology, it is not designed for computing traditional Direct3D or OpenGL computer graphics and is not a graphics processing units, such as ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce

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I'm sure they can if they wanted, but why waste time and resources when they've already developed a very good in-chip networking design that scales well? (which, in case you didn't know, was the only reason intel made a chip with 80 cores in the first place, to come up with a better way to network those cores, since the way they where doing it before was rubbish)

mrmckeb said,
Not quite, Fusion is designed for games/multimedia, Larrabee isn't.

Are you sure about that? Isn't Fusion AMDs version for use in large scientific number crunching systems. It's what ATi started before AMD bought them, it's all GPGPU tech. Using the larger FLOPS power of a GPU to do General Purpose work that a CPU normally does. In that way, Fusion and Larrabee are going up head to head.

That isn't what Fusion is at all. Fusion isn't a GPGPU, it's a dual-core/multicore chip that has one or more CPU and GPU cores.

Despide how that sounds, that isn't what they're going to use to go against Larrabee...they're going to make a specialized chip for that, because that isn't what Fusion is for.

The Xbox Graphics chip Xenon manufactured by AMD/ATI has a theoretical performance of a teraflop.
This is theoretical not practical perf because external parts like bus, memory speed etc contribute to reducing the number.

Express said,
The Xbox Graphics chip Xenon manufactured by AMD/ATI has a theoretical performance of a teraflop.
This is theoretical not practical perf because external parts like bus, memory speed etc contribute to reducing the number.

Not only that, but a Flop can be any type of operation. It could even just be a simple 1+1 operation, so it REALLY is a terrible way to measure performance.

BTW: You forgot to mention that AMD had not acquired ATi during and after the development and release of Xenon. Pretty important point, that.