'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
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
small as 22 billionths of a meter – and will use Moore’s Law 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
process and use Moore’s Law to scale to more than 50 Intel
Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Many Integrated Core
architecture-based products to share common tools, software
and programming techniques.
Products build upon Intel’s history of many-core related
including Intel’s “Larrabee” program and Single-chip
The share of the TOP500 list that features Intel processors
408 systems, nearly 82 percent.