Intel Developer Forum shows off some cool stuff!

22 09 2009

This year, the Intel Developer Forum has some pretty neat stuff to talk about. I’ve been reading their site today and the article from AnandTech about it.

The move from 4 to 6 cores with Gulftown.I’d highly recommend reading the AnandTech article since it has a lot better description (and pictures) than I could do, but the one thing that I’m really excited about is the new 32nm Gulftown chips. There supposed to have 6 cores and will come in 2010. Even better, they will drop right into my X58 motherboard after a quick BIOS update. That will save me a lot of money since I won’t have to buy a new motherboard.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my quad-core i7 cpu, but 6 cores is better than 4, right?


Simulating the Human Brain? Cool! But I’ll believe it when I see it.

30 07 2009

If there was a complete model of the human brain, imagine all we could learn. We could perform experimental surgical procedures, we could study the effects of new drugs, or do anything else that needs human testing but is too dangerous for a real human.3d_model_neuron_web1

That’s exactly what the Blue Brain Project is trying to do. According to them,

The Blue Brain Project is the first comprehensive attempt to reverse-engineer the mammalian brain, in order to understand brain function and dysfunction through detailed simulations.

In fact, the project claims that they may have a model of the human brain in the next 10 years.

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