This news about a new chip called Tilera is interesting. Strange naming coincidence – it seems the chip could be useful for keeping map cache tiles updated.
I’ve heard that keeping map tile caches updated is a challenge with ArcGIS Server. I see that the GenerateMapServerCache has a thread count property. I wonder how hard it would be to generalize this to spawn subprocesses on different chips.
Or more generally, would it be possible to write a tile cache generator that could run in Amazon EC2, writing tiles to S3?