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”.
Rumors have it that the Intel Xeon Phi is finally walking out on the PCI-E and is soon going to be available with the usual LGA Socket Packaging. The coprocessor has been built around the MIC (Many Integrated Core) Architecture and can house 60 cores in a single package. These processors which have been used in the HPC and Supercomputing clusters in the GPU form factor, which had plenty of benefits to offer, will now be available with the LGA Socket.
Intel’s Xeon Phi coprocessors are PCI-Express compute accelerators made for supercomputers, much like NVIDIA’s Tesla GPU cards. These coprocessors were announced last November and the next expansion of the Xeon Phi family is planned for 2014.
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.