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|
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.