Intel Reveals New Product Plans For High-Performance Computing

Intel's branching out yet again. Not content with just ruling the roost in the consumer CPU arena, the netbook arena and the mobile PC arena, the company is extending their reach to the High-Performance Computing sector, and while you probably won't find this in your next gaming PC, this stuff has the potential to really change our lives for the better behind the scenes. Medical research, scientific studies, you name it.

The latest introductions were made at this year's International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), with the company planned to deliver new products based on the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture that will create platforms running at trillions of calculations per second, while also retaining the benefits of standard Intel processors. Targeting high-performance computing segments such as exploration, scientific research and financial or climate simulation, the first product, codenamed “Knights Corner,” will be made on Intel’s 22-nanometer manufacturing (nm) process – using transistor structures as small as 22 billionths of a meter – and will use Moore’s Law to scale to more than 50 Intel processing cores on a single chip. That's a pretty big, bold claim, but we should be able to validate soon since they're already shipping out to "select developers."

For consumers, the great news here is that some of this high-end stuff eventually filters down to our level, so it's always great to see huge shifts at the top when looking for huge shifts at the bottom. It's hard to say when we'll all own "personal supercomputers," but if progress like this continues, it may be sooner than we all expect.


  • The first product codenamed “Knights Corner” will target Intel’s 22nm process and use Moore’s Law to scale to more than 50 Intel cores.
  • Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Many Integrated Core architecture-based products to share common tools, software algorithms and programming techniques.
  • Products build upon Intel’s history of many-core related research including Intel’s “Larrabee” program and Single-chip Cloud Computer
  • The share of the TOP500 list that features Intel processors grows to 408 systems, nearly 82 percent.
Via:  Business Wire
Tags:  Intel, CPU, processor
rapid1 4 years ago

As far as it goes look at a current upper middle end PC, and you have roughly 10 times the power of a single core CPU with a gig of ram on a 20GB drive. So as far as definitions go we have super computers already in our homes. This is only because at least largely definitions run behind actuality in general, but still is also true to the larger degree. We are in undefined times using undefined equipment. I wish the would just hurry up with the Holographic displays!

Marius Malek 4 years ago

Yeah, the holographic displays (like in Iron Man) need to seriously get here. It was already demonstrated in that movie that engineers and scientists would benefit greatly from it by the computer showing an exploded or isometric view of the object in 3D space.

xylem 4 years ago

I just thought Intel was done with Larrabee and I think I even read about it here only this past fortnight? Again news on use of a future tech to harness Larrabee program?? looks like Larrabee turned out to be Intel's Phoenix afterall. Stick out tongue

realneil 4 years ago

Will these run Linux?

dlim783 4 years ago

It better be 22nm DIE chip.

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