The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor has strong industry support, with 44 manufacturers including Bull, Cray, Dell, HP, IBM, Inspur, SGI and NEC committed to including it in their system roadmaps.
“We are very excited to announce that our next-generation supercomputer code-named ‘Cascade’ will be available with the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, giving Cray customers the ability to push the limits of research and discovery,” said Peg Williams, Cray’s senior vice president of high performance computing systems. “Our Cascade system will feature some of the most advanced and highly innovative HPC technologies ever put into a Cray supercomputer. Combining these features with industry-leading Intel Xeon processors and the new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will result in a very compelling system for HPC centers around the world.”
Due to power-on in early 2013, the first Petascale class supercomputer powered by a combination of the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will be “ Stampede.” Intel expects a growing number of Petascale-class machines in the next year that take advantage of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors’ programmability and performance efficiency.
Race to Exascale fuels growth and investments in HPC market
Providing a two week weather forecast with the same level of accuracy as in a 48-hour forecast, or mapping the human genome within 12 hours at less than $1000 as compared to the current two weeks at $60,000, are two examples of the many challenges that HPC will address with more compute capacity. The insatiable need for performance has driven the tremendous growth of HPC processor shipments over the last five years, and Intel predicts this growth will reach more than 20 percent CAGR in the next 5 years. Intel forecasts2 that the most powerful supercomputer in 2013 will feature the amount of CPUs greater than 1 percent of its own server CPU shipments in 2011.
Reaching Exascale levels of performance requires innovation across the architecture and fabric within HPC. To deliver on its promise to reach Exascale performance by 2018, Intel made significant investments in areas that will accelerate its capabilities to deliver this performance in the future. The recent acquisition of Infiniband and interconnect assets from QLogic and Cray present key areas for Intel to innovate as the company eliminates the bottlenecks in delivering scalable Exascale-class platforms in the future.
More than 74 percent (372 systems) of the supercomputers on the 39th edition of the Top500 list are powered by Intel processors. Of those systems making their first appearance on the list, Intel-powered systems account for more than 77 percent. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.
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