[ExI] Two Paths to Further Shrink Computer Chips

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 3 00:19:08 UTC 2010

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 6:47 PM, John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My question to everyone here...  How many years until we have a
> 1000-core cpu (or something equivalent) as a household desktop
> computer?  My optimistic estimate is within ten years or by 2020.  And
> what exactly would the number crunching/calculating power of a
> 1000-core cpu be?
> I thought at first such a machine would simply be 500 times more
> powerful than let's say a current dual processor computer, but
> considering each individual processor may easily be a hundred times as
> powerful as a cpu now, I would think this hypothetical machine would
> literally be thousands of times more powerful than an average pc from
> today.  Oh, and what about price?

It will have just enough power to run windows 8 really well and it'll
come with a coupon to upgrade to windows 9, but within 6 months you'll
need to buy another computer.  As for the number crunching, it'll be
able to run 3x as many particle effects in Petville without lag.  And
cost will probably be 40 average person hours worth of work.  However
that's 3 month's salary because there will be so few actual jobs for
money that everyone has to share 4 hour work weeks after smart robots
take over and put us on semi-permanent holiday.

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