Supercomputing 2011 Day 2: Knights Corner shown at 1TF Per Socket

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Today Intel shared our point of view on the HPC industry with the media.  Intel showed the performance of the Intel Xeon E5 product and we talked about how it is impacting the supercomputing industry.  Intel also explained our success in new clusters - like the Purdue Carter Cluster.

The big news was around our acomplishment in 1997.  Intel worked with Sandia Labs to create the first system that passed a sustained double precision 1TF measurement. And, Today.. for the first time, Intel showed our first silicon from the Knights Corner Product.  It runs.  Even more yet, it showed 1 teraflop double precision -- 1997 was dozens of cabinet --  2011 is a single 22nm chip.

This is a banner day for Intel and a banner day for the HPC community.  Jeff Nichols a Director at Oak Ridge National Labs came on stage to tell customers how their efforts to port code to the Intel MIC architecture have been going.  They have ported "millions of lines of code... literally in days"

and achieved outstanding productivity on Intel MIC.

The MIC architecture products are first and foremost compute nodes.  They run an open source linux OS, they are networked and can run applications.  The usage and programming model of HPC are preserved here... not set aside.

My favorite analogy to this is the notion that with most accelerators, you have to do the technical equivalent of burning down the library at Alexandria.  You must deny your technical heritage to gain performance.  Unlike those accelerators the Intel MIC solution embraces the technical legacy and makes performance available far more broadly.

Intel is changing the technical computing world again... and we were there.