SGI Planning Super Computers With Intel MIC

Technology major Silicon Graphics International has firmed up plans to develop powerful super computers by 2018 which will be about 500 times faster than the most powerful supercomputers available to us today. The company is looking into this proposal with the use of special accelerator chips manufactured by Intel.

In a press release, the company announced that it will make these ultra fast server systems using the Intel’s MIC (Many Integrated Cores) architecture in its processor chips, which will ensure scalable performance by running millions of parallel threads simultaneously. These MIC based architecture chips will mix specialized cores with standard x86 cores to ensure high performance computing.

Companies like IBM are already actively engaged in similar pursuits of developing enhanced technology for improving server performance for instance, it has proposed to use light pulses to boost the speed of data transfer among chips. Such innovations will make it possible for servers in near future to achieve a speed of One Exaflop (1,000,000 trillion calculations per second). Till now, the fastest ever speed has been achieved by Tianhe-1A supercomputer in China which is 2.5 Petaflop (2.5x thousand trillion calculations per second) of sustained performance and a peak performance of 4.7 Petaflop.

It is interesting to note that nearly eighty percent of world’s top 500 supercomputers run on Intel’s x86 based processor chips, which make it a leader in the supercomputer chip maker’s arena.