CNET spotted a slide from Dell at the Supercomputing Conference 2008 (SC08) that reveals Intel's 80-core processor is still in sight. Intel promised in 2006 that this chip would be available in five years.
Michael Dell referred to a slide showing an 80-core chip Tuesday at SC08, a conference in Austin, Texas, focused on high-performance computing.
The trend of packing more compute power into small supercomputing enclosures "is really driven by what's going on in microprocessors. The x86 revolution continues. You see more and more cores. Increased performance. But also without more power required," he said, speaking during the keynote.