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Intel Powers The World’s Fastest Supercomputer, Reveals New And Future High Performance Computing Technologies

A system built with thousands of Intel® processors and co-processors was just named the most powerful supercomputer in the world in the 41st edition of the Top500 list of supercomputers.

The system, known as “Milky Way 2,” includes 48,000 Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors and 32,000 Intel® Xeon® processors and operates at a peak performance of 54.9 PFlops (54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second) -- more than twice the performance of the top rated system from the last edition of the Top500 list in November 2012. This is the first exclusively Intel-based system to take the top spot on the list since 1997.

Intel also announced the expansion of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors portfolio and revealed details of the second generation of Intel Xeon Phi products code named “Knights Landing.” The new products and technologies will continue to radically increase the energy efficiency and performance of supercomputers worldwide.

The worldwide high performance computing (HPC) server segment is expected to grow its annual revenue by 36 percent 1 from $11 billion to $15 billion over the next four years. The dramatic increase and growth of supercomputers continues to be driven by the need to quickly compute, simulate and make more informed decisions across a range of industries. Supercomputers are used to increase the accuracy of weather predictions, help to explore more efficient energy resources, develop cures for diseases, sequence the human genome and analyze big data.

“Intel is helping to blaze a path toward new innovation, discovery and competitiveness with its supercomputing vision and products,” said Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager of Technical Computing Group. “There is an insatiable demand for more computing power while also achieving new levels of power efficiency. With the current and future generations of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, Intel Xeon processors, Intel® TrueScale fabrics and software, Intel is uniquely equipped to deliver a comprehensive solution for our customers without compromise.”

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