Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor takes on the supercomputing segment

Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor

At the International Supercomputing Conference 2012, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor brand made its debut and it will be adopted for all Many Integrated Core Architecture (MIC) devices launched in the future. This hardware family will not only cater to the needs of high performance computing, but also enterprise data centers and workstations.

The coprocessor, as the Santa Clara-based manufacturer calls it, is designed around the 22nm process featuring the 3-D tri-gate transistors and it comes in a PCIe form factor. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor employs over 50 cores along with more than 8GB of GDDR5 memory. Additionally, the company has also thrown in 512b wide SIMD support. Codenamed Knights Corner, the first unit within this brand is said to deliver enhanced performance for highly parallel applications.

“We are very excited to announce that our next-generation supercomputer code-named ‘Cascade’ will be available with the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, giving Cray customers the ability to push the limits of research and discovery,” expressed Peg Williams, Cray’s senior vice president of high performance computing systems. “Our Cascade system will feature some of the most advanced and highly innovative HPC technologies ever put into a Cray supercomputer. Combining these features with industry-leading Intel Xeon processors and the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will result in a very compelling system for HPC centers around the world.”

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The aforementioned device is slated to launch by the end of 2012 and it will take its place besides the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/4600 product families. What’s more, the coprocessor is expected to come equipped within numerous workstations from approximately 44 manufacturers including Bull, Cray, Dell, HP, IBM, Inspur, SGI and NEC.

The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor release date is due for early 2013. The first supercomputer to come powered by this piece of hardware clubbed with a CPU from the Intel Xeon processor E5 family will be Stampede. Price details aren’t officially disclosed as yet.

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