Microsoft is testing a new server technology with Project Catapult that is likely to play an important role in future cloud computing environments—a server technology that can dramatically increase the performance of some data center workloads and breathe fresh life into Moore’s Law, all without significantly increasing server cost or power consumption. Microsoft Research’s Project Catapult pairs Intel Xeon CPUs with high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors configured to perform a set of predefined, resource-intensive calculations that are the core of the Bing search engine page-ranking service.
At a gathering in San Francisco Intel has demonstrated a new chip design that uses 3D transistors to improve circuit density, provide for a path to more powerful chips while also keeping power requirements low. This reinvention of the transistor promises to allow Moore’s law to continue to be extended for the foreseeable future. Continue reading Intel goes for 3D Transistors – Extends Moore’s Law Yet Again