During his keynote, Paul Otellini, Intel’s President, said that the industry is moving towards multi-core processors from typical increase in core-clocks. Intel promised to ship dual-core products into each of the today’s market segments in 2005 already. In 2006 the shipments will grow and over 40% desktops, over 85% of the servers and workstations and over 70% of mobile computers will acquire dual core CPUs, X-bit labs’ Anna Filatova wrote in her IDF Day 1 coverage.
Intel demonstrated a 4-way demo system based on dual-core Montecito processors, which proved capable of running up to 16 applications at a time due to the fact that each of the Montecito cores supports Hyper-Threading technology. As an example of the practical application of a computer like that Intel showed a weather simulator program from NASA and added that with all this potential a computer like that appears 50% faster than the fastest super computer on earth right now offering the performance of 60TFlops.