Intel rolls out 50-Core Processor

Mike Halsey MVP
Jun 1, 2010
Updated • Jan 1, 2013

I have a dual-core processor in my main PC, which is good, and will later this summer buy a new computer with a quad-core processor, which is better, but probably not something I would be able to take advantage of.  But what would I do if I had 50-cores in my processor?  Apart from pay more on my electricity bill obviously!

Well Intel have now unveiled the first 50-core chip, codenamed "Knights Corner".  This 22 nanometer monster uses a new x86 core architecture and it's clearly not intended for your PC.

Before you get all disappointed, Windows isn't even optimised to use that many cores so they'd just sit idle.  It's based on their now cancelled 48 core Larabee graphics processor and uses a grid of cores, all joined together by a network to keep the data flowing between each one at high speed and reducing the diminishing returns of multi-core processors . The final design has not been announced yet and it is likely that Intel is still working on it before it will make the processors available at a later point in time.

There's no release date yet but that doesn't mean they're resting on their laurels.  Intel are already readying a developer kit to help programmers make the most of the multi-multi-core processing these chips are capable of.

The chip, revealed today by electronista, isn't tied to any particular software platform and will probably be in use in supercomputers in a few years crunching data on medical conditions and global warming.

Update: Intel showed a very early version of the Knights Corner processor in 2011. A year later, the company released documentation and open source software regarding the chip. Companies like Cray or ScaleMP are using the chip since mid-2012 for some of their products.


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  1. Stuart said on June 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Thank you, Turko.

    A little bit of encouragement goes a long way.

  2. Turko said on June 2, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I wish you luck. My grandfather was an inventor doing work on the Alaskan Pipeline so my heart goes out to you. Win of loose please let your story be heard and keep your chin up :)

  3. Stuart said on June 2, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I will write up the story some day – after I get redress. But I am so used to industry screwing around with inventors that nothing surprises me any more.

    I know one large company whose ‘corporate sport’ is inventor baiting. They should be ashamed of themselves, considering that their company was founded on inventions, by inventors.

  4. Stuart said on June 2, 2010 at 6:55 am

    That’s about as much as I can say – I will keep the proof for the judge – but it has been a very frustrating experience.

  5. Turko said on June 2, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Stuart, I don’t know what to say. Do you have a link explaining your story? Sounds interesting. As for the power of the internet, you’re right, the Jesuits were caught off guard.

    I really came to post on my new Core i3. All I can say is who needs a quad core this thing is amazing!! 3.59Ghz w/ 22x multiplier -.02 vcore on the stock cooler. Efficient and fast. Easily the most underrated chip on the market. Very pleased.

  6. guest86 said on June 2, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Download Intel driver Core 50 fix for Windows XP.

    Troll Microsoft.

  7. Stuart said on June 2, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I invented a CPU cooler – 3 times better than best – better than water. Intel have major CPU cooling problems – “Intel’s microprocessors were generating so much heat that they were melting” ( – try to talk to them – they send my communications to my competitor & will not talk to me.

    Winners of major ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ awardS!!!


    When did RICO get repealed?”


    BTW, I have the evidence – my competitor gave it to me.

    BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if;
    • They can show that the actions were those of a single individual in the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:
    • They gain redress on my behalf.

    Although playing a major role in it’s facilitation, the power of the internet appears to have come as much a surprise to Intel as it has to the catholic church.

    Inventors – help your fellow inventors – share your experiences with companies – good and bad.

  8. Bob Smith said on June 1, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    The forever nights!! lol

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