The computer that’s powering the world of video games is now more powerful, faster, and more powerful-looking than ever.
And with the new version, the researchers are finally able to get a better look at how much more data is being processed.
“It’s really amazing how much better it is than we were before,” said Andrew J. Pfeifer, a postdoctoral fellow in the computer science department at MIT.
“We’ve gotten a lot closer to the hardware capabilities we have in the brain.”
Pfeifier and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) built the supercomputer on the basis of the architecture of a chip called the SVM, a computer memory that has a large number of virtual bits.
“The idea is to design the architecture that allows us to do the most data processing with the least amount of processing power,” Pfeif said.
The chips inside the Svm have a 256-bit memory capacity.
A SVM has three dimensions: a top-level cache, a “battery” cache, and a “factory” cache.
The SVM is a massive computer that is optimized for computing big data.
“If you’re designing the memory to do all the work for the GPU, then you can’t use the memory at all,” said Pfeife.
“And it’s kind of like designing the whole system for one chip.”
The new chip also has four more virtual memory chips, each with a different configuration.
“You can have two chips that have the same type of cache, or you can have one chip that has different types of cache and a third that has the same cache and another that has no cache at all.”
The chip’s memory has a different set of operations and instructions to handle different types and sizes of data.
This is one of the reasons the SvMs are so powerful, said Pfleifer.
They are able to perform complex calculations faster than any other computer.
“A lot of the time, in computer science, it’s the number of instructions that make up the data that matters, not the amount of instructions,” Pfleife said.
“But what we’re trying to do is figure out how to make the computer do something really, really simple.”
Pfleif said the new chips are a lot more powerful than before.
“In a typical computer, the CPU is just a bunch of instructions, so they’re a lot slower than they used to be.
But the new generation of chips is really, truly, super fast.”
And it’s getting even faster.
The team’s work on the chip was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“Our main focus right now is on building the SVMs to be really super-fast and super-powerful,” Pfiel said.
In fact, the chip is already being used to build a supercomputer, and it has an estimated 10,000 times the performance of a typical CPU.
“They’ve got super-speed cores, super-light, superfast memory, and superfast processors,” Pflier said.
Pflief also said the team is working on getting the new chip to be able to handle the demands of supercomputing, such as video games and 3D graphics.
“This is really just the beginning,” he said.