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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Oct. 28, 2010 - Tilera® Corporation, the leader in many-core general-purpose microprocessors, today announcedthat Linus Torvalds has included support for the TILE™ architecture in his latest Linux kernel release: 2.6.36. Tilera is the first general purpose many core architecture to be integrated in the Linux kernel, enabling developers in the open source community to run SMP Linux across 64 general purpose cores this year, and up to 100 cores per-processer, using the Tilera TILE-Gx™ family, in 2011.
The integration of the TILE architecture in the Linux kernel enables many open source projects to support Tilera natively and start optimizing their code for many-core. It also allows Tilera customers across embedded and cloud markets to run their Linux applications on Tilera’s technology without software change.
“Tilera is committed to contributing its technologies to the open source community. We are significantly benefiting from open source projects in addition to Linux and we are starting to give back,” said Troy Bailey, vice president of Marketing at Tilera. “We have put a lot of emphasis on many-core software and developed significant IP in this area. We are planning to contribute most of our software to the open source community for others to benefit from our effort.”
The current TILEPro™ family of processors consists of the TILEPro36™ and the TILEPro64™, which deliver the highest compute performance to a wide range of embedded applications. These devices feature either 36 or 64 identical processor cores (tiles) interconnected with Tilera’s iMesh™ on-chip network. Each tile is a complete, full-featured processor as well as a L1 and L2 cache and a non-blocking switch that connects the tiles into the mesh. In addition Tilera’s configurable “hardwalling” technology allows the developer to divide the TILEPro processor array into separate clusters to enable application and network partitioning at the core level. These devices address the demanding computing needs of high-end multimedia, advanced networking, and wireless infrastructure systems.
Tilera Corporation is the industry leader in general purpose multicore and many-core processors for cloud computing and communications applications. Tilera's processors are based on its breakthrough distributed iMesh™ architecture, which enables it to scale to hundreds of general purpose, low power, cores and continue to scale with new process technology. With this revolutionary architecture, a standard Linux environment, and standard GNU tools, Tilera delivers unprecedented general purpose compute capacity at a fraction of the power consumption of legacy processors. Tilera has three product families: the TILE64™, the TILEPro™ and its latest: the TILE-Gx™. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with locations in Westborough, Mass., Yokohama, Japan, Beijing, and Shanghai, China. For more information about Tilera Corporation, see www.tilera.com.