Intel Announces MIC Xeon Phi For Exascale Computing - HotHardware

Intel Announces MIC Xeon Phi For Exascale Computing

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At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core (MIC) product will ship commercially in 2012. The Descendent of the processor formerly known as Larrabee also gets a new brand name -- Xeon Phi.





The idea behind Intel's new push is that the highly efficient Xeon E5 architecture (eight-core Sandy Bridge on 32nm) fuels the basic x86 cluster, while the Many Integrated Core CPUs that grew out of the failed Larrabee GPU offer unparalleled performance scaling and break new ground.

The challenges Intel is trying to surmount are considerable. We've successfully pushed from teraflops to petaflops, but exaflops (or exascale computing) currently demands more processors and power than it's feasible to provide in the next 5-7 years. MIC is meant to hammer away at that barrier and create new opportunities for supercomputing deployments.




Along with the brand name come some additional details. The Xeon Phi alone will deliver an estimated 800GFlops of double-precision floating point performance (the total figure of 1TFlop includes the two Xeon E5 processors in the system). The chip's 50 cores are fed by at least 8GB of onboard RAM; Intel hasn't yet announced if there will be multiple SKUs with different RAM counts. Nvidia's previous top-end Tesla board, the M2090, topped out at 665 GFlops of double-precision performance and 6GB of RAM. Team Green's recently announced K10 GPU, based on Kepler, offers 8GB of RAM but tops out at an anemic 190GFlops of double-precision floating point.
 

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Finally, Intel did got in to make video card, PCI Express like AMD Radeon, Nidiva Geforce. I think that Intel build little different video card not for games but only for serious business like big server that built by Intel. I hope maybe one day Intel will design bit different video card for home/business in future. Or 3 Combo (Intel CPU, Intel MB, and Intel PCI Express video card will work all together that will be badass PC. I think it will be cool to see that. Dont be excited about that and we can keep eye on this in future.

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and I thought I was the only one that reads this stuff tipsy.. what are you sippin on mike?.. LOL!

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hey, pandre27, When i did read and looked at the picture. it look like video card to me. but other guy, nERVEcenter is right about that. it is designed for only CPU but still look as video card .. But it still cool to read about that.

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Whoo boy. 

This is not a GPU. At all. 

Nvidia's Tesla cards are GPUs that've been re-purposed. They are designed with certain features (ECC RAM, DP floating point) that gamers have no practical use for. 

 

Knights Corners is the evolved version of Knights Ferry. Knights Ferry *began* life as a GPU. It isn't one any more. And KC won't have the video outputs, ROPs, or render back-ends you'd want to put in a GPU to make it worthwhile. 

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I don't know what Mike there is on, but remember, people, just because it's on a gigantic PCE Express PCB and has a huge air cooler, does NOT mean it is a video card with a GPU on it specializing in rendering bitmaps in real-time using thousands of floating-point cores.

It could be another kind of processor entirely. One that obviously heats up, and requires its own communicative bus to integrate into an existing system.

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*PCI Express, whoa there.

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Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system "really is the name we often say" Windows 8 "? The products named there will be any new changes?

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