A close-up on Intel's Knights Ferry platform

A close-up on Intel's Knights Ferry platform

Summary: The Many Integrated Core architecture will be used in the new Knights Ferry and Knights Corner platforms, aimed at supercomputing tasks

TOPICS: Processors

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  • The first Knights product is Knights Ferry. At its heart is the Aubrey Isle chip, which is packaged as a co-processor in a PCIe card. With 32 cores running four threads apiece, this can process 128 threads at 1.2GHz. This is the hardware being evaluated in Cern; it will never be a commercial product.

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  • Intel is at pains to demonstrate that programming the MIC architecture will be via a natural extension of its mainstream x86/x64 development tools. This diagram emphasises the co-processor nature of MIC. The system reflects aspects of traditional mainframe design where control and management takes place in a separate system to the main computational mill.

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  • This is Knights Ferry, demonstrating the relationship between the way the cores talk to each other and the way they talk to the cache. A very close merging of those two functions is essential to let the cores run at speed without waiting too long for data or other cores.

    Photo credit: Intel

Topic: Processors

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