“the ramp for the Tilera chips has been pretty steep, with over 80 engagements with system and network equipment vendors of all colors and stripes, and 20 design wins where the company has committed to use a Tile processor”
Wow! A Tile processor uses a bunch of RISC CPUs on a chip in a mesh. They have 64bit processing and 40bit addressing. The idea is to get close to one processor per thread so that fewer context switches and massive parallelism will get a lot of throughput at lower cost than x86 with SMP. For servers this makes a lot of sense and because they are optimized for Linux and have tools, porting is trivial. Lots of software that runs on GNU/Linux will be able to move quickly to servers running these things. Sampling is happening and production will happen in March. 2012 will be even more interesting than Android/Linux v world.
Of course, there will be particular applications where Tilera offers no advantage but there are lots that will. Anything on a busy website should be helped. Super-computing is a natural. Big data too… I would bet that as this matures, Google and other big players will slurp them up. That could really dent the bottom line of Intel/AMD which means price/performance could improve a lot for us ordinary mortals who do one thing at a time.
I would not be surprised if this technology eventually gets to the desktop. Most desktops don’t need this but terminal servers may be natural. Many of us have ~100 processes running. A hundred users might benefit greatly having one processor per process.