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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connection_Machine

Money quote: "The CM-1, depending on the configuration, had as many as 65,536 processors"

I would suggest that when someone wants to get excited about exascale computing, they review the Connection Machine literature. Manycore is not a radically new concept.




Danny Hills' thesis is an excellent read. I have a copy on my bookshelf behind me, right beside Knuth.

The fact is that the GPU (and the many micro cores) will be consumed by the cpu instruction set in the long run. Yes, that means we're going back to frame-buffers.

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They had an interesting version of Lisp to go with those machines.

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