Conferences galore! For those who’re into the tech and gaming industry, now is an exciting, albeit uncertain time. With Sega and Sony in financial trouble, E3 just finishing (and many would argue people are still recovering from), this week sees another very important conference. The ISC (International Supercomputing Conference).
The ISC serves as a traditional platform for both supercomputing and High Performance Computing (HPC). The largest, and to many, the most exciting announcement however, comes from Intel. Parrallel computing is something they’ve been working on for a number of years now (about half a decade for those of you counting!) but finally the MIC (Many Integrate Core) is being bought to the market. It’s codename, Knight’s Corner, will be the name of the Co-Processor and will be known formally as the Xeon Rhi family.
With a 22nm process in full swing by Intel, I’m afraid the only issue is that the chip maker are keeping Rhi’s full specs under wraps… for now. We do know that it is PCIe in nature for its first generation, but they’ve not really been exact on the number of cores… most are expecting 50+. Their goal is to hit 1TFLOP of real world computing power. That’s about double what the Tesla M2090 puts out (in a theoritcal enviroment no less, at 565GFLOP/s). What about RAM I hear your cries? Apparently, Intel are going to be shooting for at least 8GB of the stuff, either in 256 or 512-bit configs.
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