Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

API Journal Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Carmen Gonzalez, AppDynamics Blog, Vormetric Blog

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Containers Expo Blog

@CloudExpo: Article

Tilera’s 100 Cores Aimed at Cloud Disruption

Says the cloud is multi-core by nature but that it can deliver a “cloud in a rack”

Tilera, the start-up building high-performance multi-core processors that aren't x86, laid out a roadmap Monday that will see it sampling a single processor with a hundred RISC-based cores in the first quarter of 2011 and producing the widgets a few months later.

Imagine that, 100 cores.

The company believes the widget, called the TILE-Gx100, will be the world's first general-purpose 100-core processor and says it will be adopted by major service providers, potentially folks like Facebook and maybe Google - although Google's always the odd fish - for cloud infrastructure, dislocating the standard Intel-based cloud.

Tilera says the cloud is multi-core by nature but that it can deliver a "cloud in a rack" as opposed to an Intel "cloud in a container."

It says it's engaged with four of the five top IPS vendors and five of the top 10 UTM vendors while 10 universities are using Tilera as their multi-core teaching platform.

The part should also go into enterprise networking, multimedia and wireless infrastructures.

Quanta, the big Taiwan ODM, is working on some hush-hush cloud computing strategy and has just tucked $10 million into Tilera as part of the company's $25 million C round, bringing total investment to $64 million.

Tilera doesn't expect to be back to the trough ever again - it figures to break even in 2011 - and claims it hasn't a clue what Quanta means to do with widgetry. Could be an ODM thingie or a Quanta-branded something or other. Perhaps its intentions will become clear in the first half.

Anyway, Tilera hasn't been given to pre-announcing its widgetry, but since it's become the norm with its competitors, Cavium, RMI (now NetLogic), Intel and Freescale, Tilera figures it better be fashionable.

It's currently delivering its second-generation 32-bit TILEPro family, which has 32- and 64-cores, and its original 64-core TILE64 chips to 75 embedded customers. The gismos run SMP Linux 2.6.26, the LAMP stack, C, C++ and Java plus the ANSI C/C++ compiler, GNU tools, the Eclipse IDE and a hypervisor layer to virtualize hardware and I/O device drivers. It's got a Multicore Development Environment (MDE) for product deployment and promises easy programming.

The Gx will be a new 64-bit family that starts at 16 cores, tops out at 100 and has chips with 36 and 64 cores in between - mind you, each of the cores is 64-bit. The line will clock at a dialed-down 750MHz-800MHz up to 1.25GHz-1.5GHz and consume 10W-55W. The 36-core part will be first out of the gate - then the 16 - and start sampling around this time next year.

The company meant to go in graduated order, but, according to marketing director Robert Doud, customer demand pushed the schedule up.

Tilera claims the Gx100 will offer the highest performance of any processor yet announced, and that includes Intel's parts, by a factor of four. And it claims the Gx family raises the performance-per-watt bar by 10 times better compute efficiency than Intel's next-generation Westmere chip.

Doud quips that Tilera burns less power than the fans in a dual quad-core Nehalem machine.

Compared to its own Pro64 the Gx should be good for 4x the performance and twice the power density.

The Gx100 is supposed to do 4x the Nehalem-EX' eight cores in cloud computing; 4x Cavium's high-end 68xx Octeon II in deep packet inspection; and 30x TI's high-end multi-core DSP in wireless.

The company's two-dimensional iMesh interconnect makes an on-chip bus unnecessary and its Dynamic Distributed Cache system lets each core's local cache be shared coherently across the entire chip. That gives the Gx100 26MB of L3 cache for each core plus 32KB L1 I-cache, 32KB L1 D-cache and 256KB L2 cache for a total cache of 32GB for each chip.

Tilera claims the peer-to-peer distributed approach to cache scales and is superior to large shared memory that runs hot and creates performance bottlenecks.

Between the interconnect and the cache, the TILE architecture is supposed to scale nearly linearly with the number of cores on the chip, a feat that Tilera points out is "currently unmatched."

Tilera CEO Omid Tahernia figures boards using dozens of chips or more will be replace by one of his chips, simplifying system architecture, reducing cost, power consumption and PC board space.

Besides this consolidation, Tilera imagines its chips being used for granularity, allowing processing resources to be allocated to functions in precise 1% increments, and determinism, letting cores or clusters of cores be dedicated to specific tasks - or virtualized applications - including cache-coherent islands of compute for predictable performance.

It should translate into lower system costs, smaller footprints and quicker time-to-market using smaller development teams.

The Gx100 also has eight 10 Gbps ports that can become 32 1Gbps Ethernet ports and two 10-lane Interlaken chip-to-chip connections. It has four on-chip DDR3 DRAM controllers and will address 1TB of DRAM with 4Gbit RAMs.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), an early Tilera investor, will build the chips on its 40nm process. At this point Tilera has the physical layout and a simulator. It expects first silicon in 2H10.

Expected volume pricing will range from ~$400 for the Gx36 to ~$1,000 for the Gx100.

With its eye on the server market and its feet currently in the embedded market, Tilera has ported and optimized Memcached, the open source widgetry used to accelerate database-driven web sites, on its chips. It could turn up in 1U rack-mounted appliances. It'll get people associating Tilera with servers.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts, GM of Platform at FinancialForce.com, will discuss the value of business applications on wearable ...
While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and analyzed? As an area of investment, how might a retail company move towards an innovation methodolo...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of IoT applications and projects. Business operations, IT, and data scientists need advanced analytics t...
Contrary to mainstream media attention, the multiple possibilities of how consumer IoT will transform our everyday lives aren’t the only angle of this headline-gaining trend. There’s a huge opportunity for “industrial IoT” and “Smart Cities” to impact the world in the same capacity – especially during critical situations. For example, a community water dam that needs to release water can leverage embedded critical communications logic to alert the appropriate individuals, on the right device, as soon as they are needed to take action.
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer,...
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes about through a Communications Platform as a Service which allows for messaging, screen sharing, video...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevOps to advance innovation and increase agility. Specializing in designing, imple...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, a producer of the first smartphones and tablets, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. He will explain how M2M controllers work through wirelessly connected remote controls; and specifically delve into a retrofit option that reverse-engineers control codes of existing conventional controller systems so they don't have to be replaced and are instantly converted to become smart, connected devices.
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Treloar, President and COO of Bebaio, will explore examples of brands transforming their businesses by t...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...