Intel Refocuses On Larrabee For HPC

Bill Kirkos, the director of global communications for semiconductor giant Intel, has written on the company's Technology@intel blog that they will not release a discrete graphics products at least in the short term.

Intel had been working on a Larrabee GPU for the past three years and has been holding regular demos of working prototypes which unfortunately were far from being competitive.

Back in December, Intel took the humbling decision of downgrading the Larrabee-for-consumer platform from a multicore GPU to a software development platform.

Instead, the company will refocus its efforts and investment on the high performance computing sector where it will face old foes AMD/ATI and Nvidia. Interestingly, Kirkos talks of a "server product line expansion is optimized for a broader range of highly parallel workloads in segments".

The next Intel HPC product is likely to be unveiled next week at the International Supercomputing Conference which will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

Intel has another formidable player eyeing the HPC market. The 48-core Single Chip cloud computer, which we saw back in March in CeBIT was presented as a research entity but the fact that it has already been shipped to some universities point to an almost marketable product.

As some have been pointing though, it would be good for Intel to close the widening performance gap between its IGP and those of its competitors.