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RE: Massively parallel FPGA systems

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This was originally PixelFusion - they had a chip with 256 processors
intended for graphics, but have then moved to the network processing

www.picochip.com is another startup in the Bristol area with an MPP chip

There are a few others around the Bristol area (what a surprise) - most
of the chips are targeted at specific applications i.e. solving a market
need, rather than general purpose computing.

The other place where you will find a few substantially parallel
processors is the network processing area - from IBM's offering (just
sold to someone else) which had 8 general purpose CPUs to some more MPP
systems. Packet proecssing at 10Gbit/s wire speed takes some doing on
silicon. I don't know how parallel it is, but the Ezchip offering is the
one being used in a 10G switch being developed in a project I manage -
we have now demonstrated 10G ethernet over dark fibre (250km), through
fibre without the SONET interfaces (3000km), 1G ethernet between CERN
and Canada, which will be 10G any day now (see www.ist-esta.org although
I have yet to add the latest press releases)

Tony Gore

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-----Original Message-----
From: Lawrence Dickson [mailto:tjoccam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 10 October 2003 23:14
To: A.E.Lawrence@xxxxxxxxxxx; occam-com@xxxxxxxxxx; rloosemore@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Massively parallel FPGA systems

Now that Starbridge has been panned - 

Does anybody out there know any massively parallel single-die chips made
of huge numbers of identical little CPUs? In reality, in vaporware, in
patents, or a glimmer in someone's eye... I don't mean any wimpy 64, I
mean thousands. Starting from the fact that newest Pentium has over 100
million transistors, and a perfectly good CPU of the 1980s can be made
with 40,000.

They are interested at work, so please send any Windows-style
attachments to my work address (ldickson@xxxxxxxxxxx) as this ancient
ISP can't deal with them.

Larry Dickson