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The Knight Has Landed

Chloe Shi 0

Enterprises looking to integrate GPU-like parallel computing into their HPC hardware without having to make any significant changes to their IT infrastructure should look no further–the Knight has landed. Intel just released the highly-anticipated next-generation Xeon Phi processor, previously code-named, Knight’s Landing. The most notable feature of the Xeon Phi compared to PCIe GPU cards is that it can self-boot and can use an operating system as the native processor. Additionally, each CPU can handle up to four threads and has 3x per-thread performance improvement compared to earlier Phi products, while featuring 16GB of MCDRAM. It can also be configured to support multiple memory configurations, using both the onboard memory and the available DDR4 memory channels.

But what makes the Phi such a big deal? While on the surface, it seems like a business as usual approach with the standard hardware upgrades that are attributed to Moore’s Law, the Phi actually delivers the beginnings of supercomputing performance in an integrated, smaller package.

This allows your business to immediately scale up without having to completely redesign your hardware architecture. Meaning, if you want to continuously run theoretical models, create large scale predictive projects, or simply process data at the speed of light, the Phi will support that. And with AMAX’s designed-to-order server and rack solutions as well as full menu of value added services, your exact high performance computing needs can be satisfied with as little compromise as possible.