Is Intel’s Xeon Phi a Game Changer for Supercomputers?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Chip creator Intel recently welcomed a new processor to its line of products on Monday via its appearance at the International Supercomputing Conference held in Germany.

Known as the Xeon Phi, the chip assists supercomputers. The technology provides for one teraflop of performance while only taking up one PCIe slot. That data was included in a company infographic comparing the chip to how things ran in 1997.

Meanwhile, Intel emphasized that the processor could provide for better weather forecasts, holographic images, nanotechnology circuits, greener energy and more.

“While the vast majority of software applications are best suited to Intel® Xeon® processors, these highly parallel applications benefit from a bunch of mathematical calculations performed at once. For example, if you’re trying to accurately track a weather storm, the more accurately you can predict the movement of each molecule of the storm in relation to every other molecule, the more accurate the prediction. This is what we call a “highly parallel application”,” explained Intel’s Raj Hazra in a blog post.

The processor itself will become available to the market later this year. Supercomputers have been in existence since the 1960s, assisting with complex projections.