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Dell to open parallel computing centre at University of Cambridge

Dell has reached an agreement with Intel to open two ‘Xeon Phi Product Centres of Competence’, as it readies hardware using the chip giant’s latest technology to train the scientific research community.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the companies will see one product centre established at the University of Cambridge, with one other to be announced at a later date. The move cements Dell’s development of products running on Intel’s Xeon multi-core processors and Xeon Phi coprocessors. The latter tech, based on Larrabee architecture, helps power Stampede – a new Petascale supercomputer ITProPortal saw unveiled at IDF earlier this month.

Keen to drive adoption of HPC code in parallel computing, Dell says the two Intel Xeon Phi Product Centres of Competence will enable scientific researchers to learn, optimise and test their code using Intel Xeon and future Intel MIC products.

It is hoped the project will prepare the research community for the launch of the first generation of Intel Xeon Phi family of products so the coprocessor can be used immediately as a production tool. The initiative is expected to last for at least two years.

“Collaboration with the scientific research community is the foundation of Dell’s suite of high performance and high throughput solutions,” says Tim Carroll, Global Director of Dell’s Research Solutions Group.

“We provide solutions to scientific researchers whose needs range from workstation to Petascale class machines – exclusively on standards-based and open architectures. We are excited to bring this resource to life with our new PowerEdge C8000 series to drive innovation and discovery.”