Intel’s 50-Core Knights Corner Processor Heads to Texas Supercomputer

Intel’s Knights Corner many core processor will debut on University of Texas’ Stampede super computer in 2013.

Stampede, which is already under development, is a 10 Petaflop super computer that will be placed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Out of the 10 petaflops of computational power, 8 petaflops will be powered by the Knights Corner many core processor while the remaining 2 petaflops will be powered by Xeon E5 chips.

“We believe the decision to build “Stampede” based on Intel Xeon processors E5 family and Intel MIC architecture based “Knights Corner” is a recognition of the advantages that standardized, high-level CPU programming models bring to developers of highly-parallel computing workloads,” Intel's director of technical computing marketing, Joe Curley wrote in a blog post.

“Being able to run the same code on both Intel Xeon processors and “Knights Corner” co-processors should allow developers to reuse their existing code and programming expertise which leads to greater productivity,” he added.

Intel believes that just like multi-core processors, many core processors will also be able to catch up with mainstream computing soon enough.