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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.