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Gallery: Intel unveils many-core Knights platform

Intel has announced a new Many Integrated Core architecture for massively parallel processors.
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Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, talked about delivering trillions of calculations per second through Intel's Many Integrated Core technology during his keynote at the international Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. Read about Intel's new chips from ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins.

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"Knights Corner" will be made on Intel's 22-nanometer manufacturing (nm) process – exploration, scientific research and financial or climate simulation.

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Skaugen shows off Knights Ferry which is a co-processor 300w PCIe card with 32 cores running at up to 1.2GHz and managing 128 threads at four threads per core, with 8MB shared coherent cache and up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory

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Knights Ferry design and development kits are currently shipping to select developers, and beginning in the second half of 2010

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Knights Corner will prove Moore's Law once again to scale to more than 50 Intel processing cores on a single chip.

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This is a die shot of Aubrey Isle which is the chip included in Knights Ferry.

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The MIC architecture is derived from several Intel projects, including "Larrabee" and such Intel Labs research projects as the Single-chip Cloud Computer.

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The Knights Ferry cores are based on the Xeon 7500 architecture with 100 new MIC-specific instructions.

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Intel has become a force in supercomputers.

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