Intel is re-naming its Many-Integrated Core (MIC) operation as the Xeon Phi line of high-performance computing (HPC) processors.
The company said that the brand, which utilises dozens of processor cores for parallel processing operations, will debut with the upcoming introduction of the Knight's Corner line (pictured above).
Slated to enter production later this year, Knight's Corner will feature more than 50 processor cores and will be the first chip capable of recording tera-scale computing levels.
John Hengeveld, director of marketing for Intel's high performance computing group, told V3 that the Xeon Phi brand will offer the MIC chips a separate identity from the company's high performance Xeon server lines.
While many deployments will continue to rely on the regular Xeon chips, Hengeveld estimated that as many as 30 per cent of the company's HPC clients will opt for Xeon Phi hardware as well.
"Customers that will use Phi are customers that have an investment in the ultimate performance and highly parallel applications," he explained.
"When customers have a broad range of applications, they will tend to want to use Xeon by itself."
The Xeon Phi chips will also lead Intel's efforts to break the exascale computing barrier by the close of the decade. Hengeveld noted, however, that the Xeon Phi itself would not be enough to break the exaflop barrier.
"There will be more needed. Exascale is not just a compute problem, it is a connect problem, it is a software problem," he explained.
"Is Xeon Phi the only arrow in the quiver? No, but it is certainly part of the solution."
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