Intel’s Xeon Phi chips are typically reserved for supercomputing. Well Intel is looking to change the game by bringing their upcoming 72-core Xeon Phi chip code-named Knights Landing to the desktop workstation market. There will be a limited number of workstations shipping in the first half of next year from Intel, who will also control the initial distribution.
Intel’s Xeon Phi Coprocessor has made quite a name for itself in the High Performance Computing sector. This is because while many supercomputers use GPGPUS (General Purpose GPUs) such as NVIDIA Tesla which rely on a CPU and special code to operate the Xeon Phi requires neither. We have just received details of the next generation of the Xeon Phi, which is codenamed “Knights Landing”.
The Xeon Phi Coprocessor family unit took a step into the limelight after the launch of the Tianhe-2 Supercomputer, which attached Intel’s Xeon Processors with the Xeon Phi Coprocessors to exceptional success. Unnecessary to say the landscape of supercomputing might be in for a change.