Technology

More cores equal more power

In a world where electronics are becoming more powerful and autonomous, low-power, high-performance processors will be the future of processing. The Massively Parallel Processor Array (MPPA®) is Kalray’s ground-breaking manycore technology, giving chips more processing power with less power consumption.

THE BEGINNING

From a world-renowned research institution to a start-up

Research for the MPPA®’s structure began at the CEA, France’s high-tech energy research institution, based partly in Grenoble, France (2016’s most innovative research institution, according to Reuters). In 2008, Kalray spun off from the CEA and became its own entity. Since then, Kalray has continued developing its signature MPPA® manycore processors – from the core up – providing innovative processing solutions for a variety of sectors.

KALRAY COMPUTE CORE

A unique solution, from core up

The distinctiveness of the MPPA® starts at the core level. The cores of a processor provide the foundation for the chip’s processing. They are the gateways that will determine the performance and functionality of the chip. A “manycore” processor is exactly that: a whole bunch of cores all linked together on the same chip. Kalray’s manycore processor may have up to 80 cores.

Still, developing a functional manycore processor is not as simple as just multiplying the cores on the die. The manycore design adds a new level of complexity to a processing architecture as a whole. To ensure complete control over the architecture, Kalray chose to develop its own core – engineered to be the smallest parts of powerful processors. The Kalray core is a 5-issue VLIW core with 64-bit architecture.

Starting with the chip’s very tiniest elements, Kalray built its processor with manycore in mind.

 

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