Thought for the month

“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.” Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher (1623 – 1662).

Thursday, 27 January 2011

High speed Scots

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have created an ultra-fast 1,000-core computer processor. Using Field Programmable Gate Array chips the team have been able configure specific circuits to individual mini-circuits thus creating a 1000 core processor. The researchers then used the chip to process an algorithm which is central to the MPEG movie format (used in YouTube videos) at a speed of five gigabytes per second: around 20 times faster than current top-end desktop computers.

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