Tilera’s TILE-Gx Processor Family and the Open Source Community Deliver the World’s Highest Performance per Watt to Networking, Multimedia, and the Cloud
It’s summer and on hot afternoons it’s easy to look at all the cool stuff at online trade zines. Like really high-end processors that we could stuff in our boxes, to run, well, really complicated stuff to be sure.
On one hand we should be mindful that our toys have far more processing power than mainframes of not too long ago. So we need to step up our skill at using the excess capacity on our desktops.
On the other hand, it would be nice to have access to cutting edge processors that will be common place in another cycle or two, today!
From the post:
Tilera® Corporation, the leader in 64-bit manycore general purpose processors, announced the general availability of its Multicore Development Environment™ (MDE) 4.0 release on the TILE-Gx processor family. The release integrates a complete Linux distribution including the kernel 2.6.38, glibc 2.12, GNU tool chain, more than 3000 CentOS 6.2 packages, and the industry’s most advanced manycore tools developed by Tilera in collaboration with the open source community. This release brings standards, familiarity, ease of use, quality and all the development benefits of the Linux environment and open source tools onto the TILE-Gx processor family; both the world’s highest performance and highest performance per watt manycore processor in the market. Tilera’s MDE 4.0 is available now.
“High quality software and standard programming are essential elements for the application development process. Developers don’t have time to waste on buggy and hard to program software tools, they need an environment that works, is easy and feels natural to them,” said Devesh Garg, co-founder, president and chief executive officer, Tilera. “From 60 million packets per second to 40 channels of H.264 encoding on a Linux SMP system, this release further empowers developers with the benefits of manycore processors.”
Using the TILE-Gx processor family and the MDE 4.0 software release, customers have demonstrated high performance, low latency, and the highest performance per watt on many applications. These include Firewall, Intrusion Prevention, Routers, Application Delivery Controllers, Intrusion Detection, Network Monitoring, Network Packet Brokering, Application Switching for Software Defined Networking, Deep Packet Inspection, Web Caching, Storage, High Frequency Trading, Image Processing, and Video Transcoding.
The MDE provides a comprehensive runtime software stack, including Linux kernel 2.6.38, glibc 2.12, binutil, Boost, stdlib and other libraries. It also provides full support for Perl, Python, PHP, Erlang, and TBB; high-performance kernel and user space PCIe drivers; high performance low latency Ethernet drivers; and a hypervisor for hardware abstraction and virtualization. For development tools the MDE includes standard C/C++ GNU compiler v4.4 and 4.6; an Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE); debugging tools such as gdb 7 and mudflap; profiling tools including gprof, oprofile, and perf_events; native and cross build environments; and graphical manycore application debugging and profiling tools.
Should a topic maps lab offer this sort of resource to a geographically distributed set of researchers? (Just curious. I don’t have funding but should the occasion arise.)
Even with the cloud, thinking topic map researchers need access to high-end architectures for experiments with data structures and processing techniques.