Microsoft, Intel to sponsor multicore research

by admin March 17, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Microsoft and Intel are expected to launch a joint research initiative on Tuesday to tackle programming for multicore processors.

Although the two PC industry giants have yet to announce the research venture at the time of writing, the Wall Street Journal reports that the venture will focus on multicore programming and that the bulk of the work will be done at the University of California at Berkeley.

The need for more research stems from the emergence of processors with two or more processing units, or cores, which have now become mainstream. With multiple cores, chip designers can boost a machine’s processing muscle in a more energy-efficient way than by increasing the processor’s clock speed.

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