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Tuesday 21-Jun-11

Intel Larrabee Gets Reborn For Super Computers


Intel showed off the 22nm Knights Ferry at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg. This x86 many-core product is basically Larrabee silicon redesigned for high-performance computing.
" Intel says some of its partners at the conference showed early performance results obtained with Knights Ferry. Those partners include Forschungszentrum Juelich, CERN, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information, and the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, which contributed a juicy quote for the press release:
“The programming model advantage of Intel MIC architecture enabled us to quickly scale our applications running on Intel Xeon processors to the Knights Ferry Software Development Platform,” said Prof. Arndt Bode of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. “This workload was originally developed and optimized for Intel Xeon processors but due to the familiarity of the programming model we could optimize the code for the Intel MIC architecture within hours and also achieved over 650 GFLOPS of performance.”
The Intel MIC architecture is a key addition to the company’s existing products, including Intel Xeon processors, and expected to help lead the industry into the era of exascale computing. The first Intel MIC product, codenamed "Knights Corner,” is planned for production on Intel’s 22-nanometer technology that featuring innovative 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Intel is currently shipping Intel MIC software development platforms, codenamed “Knights Ferry,” to select development partners.
Intel also showed server and workstation platforms from SGI, Dell, HP, IBM, Colfax and Supermicro, all of which are working with Intel to plan products based on “Knights Corner.” “SGI recognizes the significance of inter-processor communications, power, density and usability when architecting for exascale,” said SGI CTO Dr. Eng Lim Goh. “The Intel MIC products will satisfy all four of these priorities, especially with their anticipated increase in compute density coupled with familiar X86 programming environment.”
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