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Comment Epiphany's Architecture (Score 3, Informative) 103

Have a look at The Register's article for some details.

The Epiphany core has a mere 35 instructions – yup, that is RISC alright – and the current Epiphany-IV has a dual-issue core with 64 registers and delivers 50 gigaflops per watt. It has one arithmetic logic unit (ALU) and one floating point unit and a 32KB static RAM on the other side of those registers.

Each core also has a router that has four ports that can be extended out to a 64x64 array of cores for a total of 4,096 cores. The currently shipping Epiphany-III chip is implemented in 65 nanometer processors and sports 16 cores, and the Epiphany-IV is implemented in 28 nanometer processes and offers 64 cores.

The secret sauce in the Epiphany design is the memory architecture, which allows any core to access the SRAM of any other core on the die. This SRAM is mapped as a single address space across the cores, greatly simplifying memory management. Each core has a direct memory access (DMA) unit that can prefetch data from external flash memory.

The initial design didn't even have main memory or external peripherals, if you can believe it, and used an LVDS I/O port with 8GB/sec of bandwidth to move data on and off the chip from processors. The 32-bit address space is broken into 4,096 1MB chunks, one potentially for each core that could in theory be crammed onto a single die if process shrinking continues.


Submission + - L2Ork on Tour, Reaches out to K-12 Education

Agram writes: "Following its debut in December 2009 (video, audio, original Slashdot story, Linux Journal cover story), Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) has branched out into K-12 education by spawning its first ultra-affordable satellite orchestra. On April 17th 5th graders from the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke, VA will join L2Ork in rocking it out on Virginia Tech (VT) campus. As if seeing a bunch of kids make music by flailing Wiimotes in front of networked Ubuntu notebooks and "ladybug" hemi speakers made out of salad bowls weren't exciting enough, on April 20th thirteen VT l2orkists, many of whom had never seen or used Linux before in their life, will embark on their maiden Midwest tour with stops in Cincinnati, Carbondale (IL), and Indianapolis. Unlike the long-standing stereotype, for a l2orkist Linux is ready to leave the dark corners of a server room and step into the very spotlight of contemporary arts and education."

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