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On Monday, Intel introduced its Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture for massively parallel processors, which is scheduled to first appear in the upcoming Knights Ferry and Knights Corner platforms.
The Knights Ferry chip, code-named Aubrey Isle, is a 32-core derivative of Larrabee. Each core on the die shot (above) is a vertical strip with a white blob halfway up its right-hand side. The remainder of the chip is cache, interface and control logic. With Intel's ability to run a subset of cores at faster than normal speeds if the thermal envelope allows, even chips with one or two faulty cores could produce high performance.
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