Thursday, May 27, 2010

Intel's 22nm "Knights Corner" CPU to Scale to 50 Cores

Intel unveiled plans for new supercomputing silicon based on a Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture that will create platforms running at trillions of calculations per second while retaining the benefits of standard Intel processors.

The first product, codenamed "Knights Corner," will be made on Intel's 22-nanometer manufacturing (nm) process and will use Moore's Law to scale to more than 50 Intel processing cores on a single chip. The CPU is aimed at highly parallel applications.

"Intel's Xeon processors, and now our new Intel® Many Integrated Core architecture products, will further push the boundaries of science and discovery as Intel accelerates solutions to some of humanity's most challenging problems," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. "The Intel® MIC architecture will extend Intel's leading HPC products and solutions that are already in nearly 82 percent of the world's top supercomputers. Today's investments are indicative of Intel's growing commitment to the global HPC community."