Published on October 30th, 2012 | by John I.0
Intel’s Xeon Phi supercomputer coprocessor
Intel recently announced a new line of products for servers and workstations, which is considered for supercomputers and high-performance systems – HPC (High Performance Computers).
The new designed series is known as Xeon Phi finding Intel collaborating with Cray (a company specializing in supercomputers).
Intel’s 50-Core Coprocessor
The first Xeon Phi co-processor, will be available this year. The chip is manufactured at 22 nanometers having more than 50 Cores and 8GB GDDR5 memory. It will be compatible with x86 (x86 is a series set of computer microprocessor instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU)
Having a Look at the list of the 500 most powerfull supercomputers in the world, Intel owns the majority with a stunning number of 372 supercomputers, this is approximately 75%. But Intel has started to feel a slight pressure when it comes to HPC systems, as companies like Nvidia have started to manufacture newly and innovating heterogeneous system solutions that combine CPU Power with the GPU Power.
Intel’s Xeon Phi is believed to offer “one-party” solutions in the field of heterogeneous systems.
These new products will be available in plug-in PCIe cards, as well Nvidia’s high-performance GPU known as Tesla. A single Xeon Phi card, can work together with Xeon processors, adding parallel strength processing power.