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.