The European Commission had a call for tools, methods etc aimed at multicore recently, so there will be a raft of new projects in this area starting soon.
There is also a bit on EDN
There is also The Multicore Association http://www.multicore-association.org/ trying to develop standards. The member list is rather interesting - spot the odd organisation out.
From: Mailing_List_Robot [mailto:sympa@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Barry Cook
Sent: 05 July 2007 09:57
To: Ian East
Cc: Occam Family
Subject: Re: More multi-core
Why wait - do it yourself, we just did!
In order to provide an option customers asked for we implemented a small processor and then dropped 16 of them onto an FPGA - actually on the side of an FPGA already pretty full with our main product. Peak performance of each processor is ~750MOPS so the total is about the same as claimed by a top-of-the-line Pentium (but at far lower power - the whole box with its display and fast interfaces consumes ~25W). Admittedly the application is naturally fairly parallel and interaction between processors is limited (the processors work in pairs).
Anyone wanting to do some research should not find it too difficult to implement interesting multi-core on reasonably priced FPGA's.
Dr Barry M. Cook, BSc, PhD, CEng, MBCS, CITP, MIEEE