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Intel expands Xeon Phi range

Posted: 21 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:supercomputing? embedded systems? CPU?

Intel is diversifying its Xeon Phi processor family with three new models to enable more computer users to take advantage of massively parallel supercomputing. The chip giant is also promising to release next year the world's first 14nm high-performance computer (HPC) CPU.

"The new frontier in supercomputing is 'big data'turning streams of realtime data into knowledge with HPCs," said Raj Hazra, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager of Intel's Technical Computing Group. "Big data is no longer just a possibility, but an inevitability moving forward."

According to IDC, worldwide technical computing server revenue is $11 billion today, growing to $15 billion by 2017. HPC is no longer just solving military and environmental problems at national labs, but is opening up whole new areas of research, such as the $1.3 billion Human Brain Project and the similar Obama "Grand Challenge"the $100 million U.S. Brain Initiative.

Intel will integrate a 100Gbit/s interconnection fabric right on the die of future Xeon Phi CPUs

Figure 1: Intel will integrate a 100Gbit/s interconnection fabric right on the die of future Xeon Phi CPUs.

But beyond these government-backed mega-initiatives, HPCs are also pushing down into widespread modelling applications that allow simulators to substitute for physical models in industry, business and the enterprise. Intel's aim is nothing less than to expand supercomputing from government and defence applications to industry and enterprise applicationsgiving every x86 user a clear path to supercomputing, beginning with three new models.

The Xeon Phi is now available in three new models, the 7100 high-end model with 16GB of memory and 320Gbit/s bandwidth, the tiny 5100 single-board-computer version with 8GB of memory and 300Gbit/s bandwidth, and the inexpensive 3100 model with 6-GB of memory and 240 Gbit/s bandwidth, meant to be affordable by anyone with a Xeon-based workstation.

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