Analysis and comment on all matters pertaining to the supply chain and distribution of electronics components from Richard Wilson, editor of Electronics Weekly.
Processor makes 1.2 billion decisions a second
NetLogic Microsystems’ latest knowledge-based processor, the NL8000, can achieve an impressive 1.2 billion decisions per second. This is more than double the packet processing performance of the firm’s last device and the trick is a dual-core technology and a first-of-its-kind ability to parse decisions into 64 unique processing elements.
So what will this ability to execute multiple parallel decisions during a single core clock cycle be used for? Networking devices capable of switching 100Gbit/s data streams. These devices use a massively parallel processor architecture couple with a database which is used for switching and routing in packet processing applications in the IP networks which keep the web running . Layers 3-4 Knowledge-Based Processors Advanced Algorithmic Knowledge-Based Processors