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Marking a new era in high-performance computing, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, a culmination of years of the research and collaboration, to bring unprecedented performance for innovative breakthroughs in manufacturing, life sciences, energy and other areas. The ability to quickly compute, simulate and make more informed decisions has propelled the growth of high performance computing (HPC) and analytics. This has been driven by global business and research priorities to more accurately predict weather patterns, create more efficient energy resources, and develop cures for diseases among many other pressing issues. With the breakthrough performance per watt and other new attributes of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, the industry will have even greater reliability in generating accurate answers, help proliferate high-performance computing beyond laboratories and universities and achieve maximum productivity.
“Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor represents an achievement in Intel innovation that will help propel us to new heights in research and discovery, and reaffirms our commitment to Exascale-level computing,” said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. “The combination of the Intel Xeon processor family and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor will change the scope and scale of what highly parallel applications can accomplish, by delivering unprecedented performance, efficiency and programmability. With this technology as a new foundation for HPC, solving real-world challenges from accurately predicting weather patterns 21 days in advance, to developing new cures for diseases will become increasingly possible.”
Based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) architecture, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will complement the existing Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/4600 product families to deliver unprecedented performance for highly parallel applications. The Intel Xeon processor E5 family is a high-performance computing workhorse that has powered numerous Top500 systems to Petascale performance (1 quadrillion floating point operations per second). Now with Intel Xeon Phi products handling much of the “highly parallel” processing to help supercomputers produce answers for a wide range of scientific and technical disciplines such as genetic research, oil and gas exploration and climate modeling, Intel believes that this powerful combination will help blaze a path to Exascale computing, which would mark a thousand-fold increase in computational capabilities over Petascale.