FUD Zilla reports Intel expects to ship its 22nm Many Integrated Core (MIC) soon, and believes there will be over 100 developer sites before the end of the year.
The add-on accelerators Intel MIC micro-architecture provides are expected to be used for highly parallel applications in high performance computing segments such as scientific exploration and research and weather modeling. But like AMD FireStream or Nvidia Tesla, Intel does not want its technology to replace processors but be used to speed up certain applications.
Intel insists that x86 compatibility with x86 will give MIC unique advantages. Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the Intel architecture group and general manager of Intel's data center group, during his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) said that a MIC would be like a co-processor where you can use the same compilers, the same tools, the same VTunes that power around 90 per cent of the Top 500 computers.