Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC)Intel Labs has created an experimental Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC), a research microprocessor containing the most Intel Architecture cores ever integrated on a silicon CPU chip - 48 cores. It incorporates technologies intended to scale multi-core processors to 100 cores and beyond, such as an on-chip network, advanced power management technologies and support for message-passing. The name Single-chip Cloud Computer reflects the fact that the architecture resembles a scalable cluster of computers such as you would find in a cloud, integrated into silicon. The research chip features:
- 24 tiles with two IA cores per tile
- A 24-router mesh network with 256 GB/s bisection bandwidth
- 4 integrated DDR3 memory controllers
- Hardware support for message-passing
Our group is one out of 7 German universities that host a SCC prototype for operating system and firmware research. Our project aims at the establishment of a reliable SMP Linux operating system on the SCC, in order to investigate the challenges for operating system and hypervisor with such a processor architecture.
Due to our work on the SCC, we are part of Intel's Many-core Applications Research Community.
Our group provides the following services to the SCC community:
- Gentoo image for the SCC system
- Virtual serial ports for communication between SCC Linux and the MCPC
- Researcher: Jan-Arne Sobania
- Principal investigator: Peter Tröger