Intel claims Knight's Landing will slay HUMA and bare all CUDA's flaws

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2013 - 12:53 PM |
Tagged: Xeon Phi, knights landing, Intel, 14nm

Intel has been talking up the Xeon Phi, first of the Knight's Landing chips which shall arrive in the not too distant future.  This new architecture is touted to bring a return of homogeneous systems architecture which will perform parallel processing on its many cores, currently 61 is the number being tossed around, at a level of performance that will exceed the GPU accelerated heterogeneous architecture being pushed by AMD and NVIDIA.  Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but many server builders may prefer the familiar CPU only architecture and as at least some of the Phi's will be available in rack mounted form and not just addin cards they may choose Intel out of habit.   You can also read about Micron's Automata Processor which The Register reports can outperform a 48-chip cluster of Intel Xeon 5650s in certain scenarios.

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"From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing"."

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Source: The Register
November 20, 2013 | 01:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dem's fightin' words

November 20, 2013 | 01:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I watched Knots Landing as a kid. Stay classy Soap Opera Hair!

November 20, 2013 | 02:35 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And how is this supposed to be of use to say a Laptop, or a smaller mobile device owner! HSA will enable any mobile device to use its GPU like an extra processing core, with all code converted into HSAIL, and the HSAIL run on any CPU and GPU with the HSA hardware/firmware/software that understands HSAIL! Having a GPU with the ability to, through HSA hardware/firmware run general purpose code, will enable many tablets, and phones, which are very space/power usage constrained, be able run office productivity applications, that would bog down the mobile device's CPU! HSA enables GPUs, which are tuned for optimal graphics performence, to be of use for other compute loads! I do not see the Knight's Landing, being of much use, other than Intel's crazy obsession of milking CISC for its last dollars, so Intel does not have to innovate or compete with the low power RISC designs, that are being used increasingly in the HPC and server market, RISC designs that already rule the mobile market! Can the Knight's Landing beat a high end GPU in graphics tasks, beacuse GPUs are not going away for mobile devices, and HSA will, at least allow the GPU to serve as CPU resource when needed, not so for Knight's Landing and graphics workloads!
This whole Intel marketing angle, reminds me of the failed Intel Larrabee, project!

November 20, 2013 | 03:35 PM - Posted by ea1985 (not verified)

A proclivity to the wanton use of the exclamation mark is perfectly ok - we're all predisposed to something. Did you stop to think, though, what it would sound like reading that damn paragraph? Now everyone is giving me strange looks.

November 20, 2013 | 04:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There is one extra "!"(typo), please edit it out, and while your at it, please fix the posting system in this website, and others, to allow previewing and editing, and a cursor that does not disappear, and for me a bultin spelling/thesaurus.
The appositive/explanative phrases, could use some reworking, but it is just a post, so what do you think of what is says? And do fix the auto-formating that sometimes breaks the Paragraph in not so correct ways! You stepped up to the plate, how about fixing the entire post, without changing the posters intent. Edit away!

November 21, 2013 | 04:37 AM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

For regular computers, there is that IGP in Intel's CPUs...

This is HPC only. So whole post missed it all and you yourself took all that PR and marketing, talk about "marketing angle", when your whole post isn't much more. Parts of it are lets say bit right, parts are quite wrong. Also readability of it is quite bad...

November 21, 2013 | 04:39 AM - Posted by Klimax (not verified)

BTW: I suggest to look up Iris Pro in benchmarks. Tell me again who is leading in this area again?

November 21, 2013 | 11:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And how many Intel SKU's have Iris "Pro" graphics? And what about the graphics drivers, and the Gaming specific graphics driver updates that come with Nvidia, and AMD graphics? Does Intel support gaming with quality drivers, and frequent driver updates, or does Intel cobble the drivers togather with sub-par performence, just enough to get its product out of the door! What about the cost/performence ratio of Intel "Pro" graphics, and will it play nice with descrete graphics, so I can utilize both integrated and descrete at the same time, for greater gaming performence? And how about that Intel tick tock, does it happen faster than that of, AMD and Nividas, offerings! And the Price of Intel's "Pro" graphics, the price, the price, the price $$$$$$.

December 9, 2013 | 07:52 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Who shot J.R. ? Oops...wrong show.

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