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Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors starts shipping in January 2013

Posted on Tuesday, November 13 2012 @ 15:22:21 CET by


Yesterday not only saw the launch of AMD's FirePro S10000 and NVIDIA's Tesla K20 series, but also the official launch of Intel's first Xeon Phi cards.

Launched today is the Xeon Phi 5110P, this card will start shipping on January 28th, 2013 for $2,649. Made using 22nm technology with 3D tri-gate transistors, the card features 60 cores, a 1053MHz core frequency, 512-bit memory bus, 8GB GDDR5 memory with 320GB/s memory bandwidth, 30MB total cache and a 225W TDP. The peak double-precision computing power is rated at 1.01 teraflops and the card is passively cooled, it relies on the server case's fans to dissipate its heat.

At least on paper, the Xeon Phi seems weaker than NVIDIA's Tesla K20, which promises 1.17 teraflops of double-precision performance with a 225W TDP. One major difference though is that the Xeon Phi can be programmed like a x86 processor, it runs a Linux-based operating system and the architecture is very different than the GPU-based cards from NVIDIA and AMD.

Besides the Xeon Phi 5110P, Intel also mentioned that the Xeon Phi 3100 series will start shipping in the first half of 2013 with MSRPs below $2,000. The press release mentions that this coprocessor family will have a double-precision performance of over 1 teraflop, up to 6GB GDDR5 memory with 240GB/s memory bandwidth, and a 300W TDP. This model will be available in passively and actively cooled versions.
Marking a new era in high-performance computing, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, a culmination of years of research and collaboration, to bring unprecedented performance for innovative breakthroughs in manufacturing, life sciences, energy and other areas. The ability to quickly compute, simulate and make more informed decisions has propelled the growth of high performance computing (HPC) and analytics. This has been driven by global business and research priorities to more accurately predict weather patterns, create more efficient energy resources, and develop cures for diseases among many other pressing issues. With the breakthrough performance per watt and other new attributes of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor, the industry will have even greater reliability in generating accurate answers, help proliferate high-performance computing beyond laboratories and universities and achieve maximum productivity.

"Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor represents an achievement in Intel innovation that will help propel us to new heights in research and discovery, and reaffirms our commitment to Exascale-level computing," said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. "The combination of the Intel Xeon processor family and the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor will change the scope and scale of what highly parallel applications can accomplish, by delivering unprecedented performance, efficiency and programmability. With this technology as a new foundation for HPC, solving real-world challenges from accurately predicting weather patterns 21 days in advance, to developing new cures for diseases will become increasingly possible."

Based on the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) architecture, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors will complement the existing Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600/4600 product families to deliver unprecedented performance for highly parallel applications. The Intel Xeon processor E5 family is a high-performance computing workhorse that has powered numerous Top500 systems to Petascale performance (1 quadrillion floating point operations per second). Now with Intel Xeon Phi products handling much of the "highly parallel" processing to help supercomputers produce answers for a wide range of scientific and technical disciplines such as genetic research, oil and gas exploration and climate modeling, Intel believes that this powerful combination will help blaze a path to Exascale computing, which would mark a thousand-fold increase in computational capabilities over Petascale.

Saving Time and Resources with World's Most Popular Programing Model
The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor takes advantage of familiar programming languages, parallelism models, techniques and developer tools available for the Intel® architecture. This helps ensure that software companies and IT departments are equipped with greater use of parallel code without retraining developers on proprietary and hardware specific programming models associated with accelerators. Intel is providing the software tools to help scientists and engineers optimize their code to take full advantage of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, including Intel Parallel Studio XE and Intel Cluster Studio XE. Available today, these tools enable code optimization and, through using the same programming languages and models shared by Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and Intel Xeon processors E5 product family, help applications benefit both from tens of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor cores and also from more efficient use of Intel Xeon processor threads.

Introducing Two New Intel Xeon Phi Product Families
Built with Intel's most advanced 22-nanometer, 3-D tri-gate transistors, Intel is introducing two new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor families that provide optimal performance and performance-per-watt for highly parallel HPC workloads.

The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 3100 family will provide great value for those seeking to run compute-bound workloads such as life science applications and financial simulations. The Intel Xeon Phi 3100 family will offer more than 1000 Gigaflops (1 TFlops) double-precision performance, support for up to 6GB memory at 240GB/sec bandwidth, and a series of reliability features including memory error correction codes (ECC). The family will operate within a 300W thermal design point (TDP) envelope.

The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110P provides additional performance at a lower power envelope. It reaches 1,011 Gigaflops (1.01 TFlops) double-precision performance, and supports 8GB of GDDR5 memory at a higher 320 GB/sec memory bandwidth. With 225 watts TDP, the passively cooled Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110P delivers power efficiency that is ideal for dense computing environments, and is aimed at capacity-bound workloads such as digital content creation and energy research. This processor has been delivered to early customers and featured in the 40th edition of the top500 list.

To provide early access to new Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor technology for customers such as Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Intel has additionally offered customized products: Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor SE10X and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor SE10P.These offer 1073 GFlops double precision performance at a 300W TDP with rest of the specification similar to Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110P.

Broad Industry and Customers Adoption for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor
More than 50 manufacturers are designing solutions based on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, including Acer*, Appro*, Asus*, Bull*, Colfax*, Cray*, Dell*, Eurotech*, Fujitsu*, Hitachi*, HP*, IBM*, Inspur*, NEC*, Quanta*, SGI*, Supermicro* and Tyan*.

Professor Stephen Hawking and the Cosmos Lab at the University of Cambridge have been given early access to Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor technology for use in their SGI supercomputer. "I am delighted that our new COSMOS supercomputer from SGI contains the latest many-core technology from Intel, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors," said Hawking. "With our powerful and flexible SGI UV2000, we can continue to focus on discovery, leading worldwide efforts to advance the understanding of our universe."

Majority of TOP500 Supercomputers Chose Intel as the Compute Engine
More than 75 percent (379 systems) of the supercomputers on the 40th 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 91 percent. The November edition of the list had recorded seven systems based on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, including initial deployment of TACC's "Stampede" system (2.66 PFlops, #7 on the list); " Discover" system at NASA Center for Climate Simulation (417 TFlops, #52); Intel "Endeavour" system (379 TFlops, #57); "MVS-10P" supercomputer at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (375 TFlops, #58) "Maia" system at NASA Ames Research Center (212 TFlops, #117); "SUSU" system at The South Ural State University (146 TFlops, #170); and the "Beacon" supercomputerat The National Institute of Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee (110 TFlops #253) that is also the most power efficient supercomputer on the list and delivers 2.44 GFlops per watt. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.

Pricing and Availability
The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110P is shipping today with general availability on Jan. 28 with recommended customer price of $2,649. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 3100 product family will be available during the first half of 2013 with recommended customer price below $2,000. Additional information on availability and ordering Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor 5110P can be found at www.intel.com/xeonphi
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