Unleash the Power: Knights Landing Developer Platforms are here!

Developers –  your HPC Ninja Platform is here! HPC developers  worldwide have begun to participate in the Developer Access Program (DAP) - a  bootstrap effort for early access to code development and optimization on the  next generation Intel Xeon Phi processor. A key part of the program is the  Ninja Developer Platform.


Several  supercomputing-class systems are currently powered by the Intel Xeon Phi processor  (code name Knights Landing (KNL))—a powerful many core, highly parallel  processor. KNL delivers  massive thread parallelism, data parallelism, and memory bandwidth with  improved single-thread performance and Intel Xeon processor  binary-compatibility in a standard CPU form factor.

In anticipation of KNL’s general availability,  we, along with our partners, are bringing to market a developer access program,  which provides an ideal, platform for code developers. Colfax, a valued Intel  partner, is handling the program, which is already underway.

The Ninja Platform

Think of the  Ninja Developer Platform as a stand-alone box that has a single bootable next-generation  Intel Xeon Phi processor. Developers can start kicking the tires and getting a  feel for the processor’s capabilities. They can begin developing the highly  parallel codes needed to optimize existing and new applications.

As part of  Intel’s Developer Access Program, the Ninja platform has everything you need in  the way of hardware, software, tools, education and support.  It comes fully configured with memory, local  storage, CentOS 7.2 and also includes a one-year license for Intel Parallel  Studio XE tools and libraries.  You can  get to work immediately whether you're a developer experienced with previous  generations of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors or if you are new to the Intel Xeon  Phi processor family.

Colfax has  pulled out all the stops in designing the education and support resources  including white papers, webinars, and how-to and optimization guides. Currently  underway are a series of KNL webinars and hands-on workshops – see details at http://dap.xeonphi.com/#trg

Here is a  quick look at the two platform options that are being offered by the Developer Access  Program – both are customizable to meet your application needs.

Pedestal Platform Rack Platform
  • Developer Edition of Intel Xeon Phi Processor: 16GB MCDRAM, 6 Channels of DDR4, AVX 512
  • MEMORY: 6x DIMM slots
  • EXPANSION: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (unavailable with KNL-F), 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 (in a x8 mechanical slot)
  • LAN: 2x Intel i350 Gigabit Ethernet
  • STORAGE: 8x SATA ports, 2x SATADOM support
  • POWER SUPPLY: 1x 750W 80 Plus Gold
  • CentOS 7.2
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE Professional Edition Named User 1-year license


    • 2U 4x Hot-Swap Nodes
    • Developer Edition of Intel Xeon Phi Processor: 16GB MCDRAM, 6 Channels of DDR4, AVX 512
    • MEMORY: 6x DIMM slots / Node
    • EXPANSION: Riser 1: 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, Riser 2: 1x PCIe Gen3 x 20 (x16 or x4) / Node
    • LAN: 2x Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet / Node
    • STORAGE: 12x 3.5" Hot-Swap Drives
    • POWER SUPPLY: 2x 2130W Common Redundant 80 Plus Platinum
    • CentOS 7.2
  • Intel Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition Named User 1-year license

Given the richness of the technology and the  tools being offered along with the training and support resources, developers should  find the process of transitioning to the latest Intel Xeon Phi processor  greatly accelerated.

The Ninja Development Platform is particularly  well suited to meet the needs of code developers in such disciplines as  academia, engineering, physics, big data analytics, modeling and simulation,  visualization and a wide variety of scientific applications.

The platform  will cost ~$5,000 USD for the single node pedestal server with additional costs  for customization.  On the horizon is our  effort to take this program global with Colfax and partners. Stay tuned for  details in my next blog.

You can pre-order  the Ninja Developer Platform now at http://www.xeonphideveloper.com.