Intel Raises the Bar (once again) in HPC Leadership

Intel took another huge step in demonstrating an unswerving commitment to High Performance Computing (HPC) leadership when DCG Vice President Raj Hazra, delivered an important special session presentation at the International Supercomputing Conference, taking place in Leipzig, Germany.

Addressing a large percentage of the approximately 2,500 attendees at this annual event, Hazra portrayed an emerging picture of HPC direction, discussing new business models, new usages and new access for HPC applications with examples such as 3D printing and HPC cloud services.

Intel has been keeping a keen eye on the HPC market’s evolution and anticipating a technically challenging landscape of changing requirements. This announcement indicates that years of development work are now starting to come to fruition – with much more to come.

Speaking to what Intel calls the “Technical Computing Transformation”, Hazra’s keynote ran in parallel with a significant announcement titled, “Intel Re-architects the Fundamental Building Block for High-Performance Computing.”

The story included highlights of some newly announced features and capabilities of the Knights Landing processor, and the announcement of Intel’s next generation fabric architecture called Intel® Omni Scale Fabric.

The newly branded Intel Omni Scale Fabric-- an end-to-end interconnect optimized for fast data transfers, reduced latencies and higher efficiency -- initially available as discreet components in 2015, the Omni Scale Fabric will also be integrated into next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processors (code named Knights Landing) and future 14nm Intel® Xeon® processors.

There is already tremendous interest in Knights Landing, which Hazra confirmed will be available as a standalone processor mounted directly on the motherboard socket in addition to the PCIe-based card option. The socketed option removes programming complexities and bandwidth bottlenecks of data transfer over PCIe, common in GPU and accelerator solutions.

Hazra also echoed the latest information from the TOP500 list published the same day. Intel continues to lead in the HPC segment with 85 percent of all supercomputers on the latest TOP500* list being powered by Intel Xeon processors.

More information on Intel’s announcement can be found at the Intel Newsroom.

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