There were several tech demos with the predecessor of knights corner, knights ferry, the last two being quake wars and wolfenstein:
Originally Posted by Figueiredo
I haven't seen a download for the code so you probably can't get it for free...
I've always thought that was more future proof, really. I'm no engineer, but it makes sense to sacrifice chip complexity for scalability. Plus, it's probably easier to write/compile against. No special SIMD instructions or significant architectural changes from chip to chip (theoretically). Just simple cores at different amounts.
Originally Posted by Cyborg16