Massively parallel multicore processors hit the street

ClearSpeed Technology, a developer of massively parallel monolithic processors, announced agreements that bring this technology within reach of ordinary control engineers. The company provides a license to BAE to use the design of ClearSpeed’s next generation processor in satellite systems. In addition, BAE Systems will gain access to ClearSpeed’s software development kit (SDK) for the purpose of adding new libraries.

10/05/2007


Bristol, UK

ClearSpeed Technology

, a developer of massively parallel monolithic processors, announced agreements that bring this technology within reach of ordinary control engineers. In an an agreement with BAE Systems, the company provides a license to BAE to use the design of ClearSpeed’s next generation processor in satellite systems. In addition, BAE Systems will gain access to ClearSpeed’s software development kit (SDK) for the purpose of adding new libraries relevant to satellite system design and deployment. Through a second agreement, Advance accelerator boards have been added to Sun Microsystems’ price list.

According to Tom Beese, CEO of ClearSpeed Technology, BAE will produce spaceflight-optimized versions of ClearSpeed’s CSX600 processor. The CSX600 is a single semiconductor device (IC) containing a low-power parallel coprocessor consisting of 96 processor cores plus a controller core altogether providing 33 GFLOPS of sustained single- or double-precision floating-point performance while dissipating an average of 10 Watts.

Using 64-bit addressing, each CSX600 can support multi-gigabyte DDR2 SDRAMs via a local ECC protected memory interface. The CSX600 processor is actually a system-on-a-chip (SoC), based around the combination of ClearSpeed's patented multi-threaded array processor (MTAP) and ClearConnect Network on Chip (NoC) technologies. According to the company, the MTAP architecture has been designed to provide unparalleled performance-per-Watt, while the low-power ClearConnect NoC provides straightforward system-wide concurrent bandwidth.

The marketing agreement with Sun means that ClearSpeed's leading edge technology can now be offered to clients in government and university research laboratories, financial services, and life sciences sectors who are seeking the highest performance and efficiency levels. Advance accelerator boards consume minimal power and can be deployed in servers, clusters and workstations to efficiently boost performance. Together, ClearSpeed and Sun have already propelled the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan to the number one supercomputing spot in Asia and number 14 in the world, with a combined performance of 48 TFLOPS.

In other announcements, ClearSpeed says that:
- Warwick University's Digital Laboratory has selected ClearSpeed's Advance e620 accelerators to power its new

Sun Microsystems

cluster for developing extremely high-fidelity virtual environments;
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Super Sonic Technology Ltd

.,
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Tao Computing Solutions

C.G. Masi,
Control Engineering Daily News Desk
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