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Intel Preparing Xeon Phi Series Co-Processors

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May 22, 2013 1:55:42 PM

Seems like pretty cool stuff. Reminds me of the old Slot 1 Pentium IIs. I still have my old Pentium II 266MHz laying around somewhere as an Antique :) 
May 22, 2013 2:04:39 PM

An official seti@home credit increaser board?
Wow it's amazing that this is real. You obviously need software to communicate with this SOC board.
Why use so many low clocked cores when you could use fewer higher clocked cores and save silicon?
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May 22, 2013 2:31:24 PM

What practice application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?
May 22, 2013 2:34:03 PM

What practical application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?
May 22, 2013 3:16:55 PM

They are useful for scientific calculations/simulations, video/3d rendering and that kind of stuff
May 22, 2013 3:19:40 PM

"What practice application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?"
GPUs have much smaller "instruction sets" if you will, and cannot trace out solutions through iteration, or have large amounts of core specific local memory (state variables, flags, etc). With GPUs you tend to know the operation they will do start-to-finish ahead of time (aka there is no conditional branching).
Granted, there are ways/interfaces to do CPU workloads with GPUs, albeit less efficiently (work per watt probably an important consideration with these cards).
May 22, 2013 3:23:28 PM

It doesn't serve a purpose for your average desktop, it's meant for scientific computing. There ones finds numerous parallelizable applications that can be sped up by many factors with these kinds of cards.
I'm curious to see what kind of price/ performance ratios we get out of the new stock. Pretty schweet stuff overall!
May 22, 2013 3:24:00 PM

It doesn't serve a purpose for your average desktop, it's meant for scientific computing. There ones finds numerous parallelizable applications that can be sped up by many factors with these kinds of cards.
I'm curious to see what kind of price/ performance ratios we get out of the new stock. Pretty schweet stuff overall!
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May 22, 2013 3:55:54 PM

Sweet, I'll take a dozen.
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May 22, 2013 3:56:53 PM

teknic111 said:
What practice application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?


Any of the SETI@Home projects should be able to use this nicely.
May 22, 2013 4:36:06 PM

teknic111 said:
What practical application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?


Maybe turn your desktop into a decent Minecraft server?
May 22, 2013 4:57:11 PM

teknic111 said:
What practice application will this serve in a desktop that a video card cannot do?


With the proper coding, these can be used for processing server loads....running VM's....anything a regular desktop processor can do. These things also don't rely on an API for processing as they are designed to run native x86 instructions. So, anything that relies on x86 instructions....these processors can do. Graphics cards are really quite limited in what they can do compared to the Xeon Phi cards.
May 22, 2013 5:41:39 PM

With this, I can finally play GTA IV even better.
May 22, 2013 10:55:57 PM

These things are quite beasty when you put the right workloads to them.
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May 23, 2013 1:18:05 AM

I want something like that but for gaming...
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May 23, 2013 3:08:56 AM

300 watts and passive cooling...
I wonder how many power connectors they will need?
I saw one of these processors listed in Intel ARK codenamed Knights Corner?
I wonder what the pricing will be?
This reminds me of the 386/486 days when coprocessors were more in fashion.
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May 23, 2013 5:55:16 AM

"Quote:
Due to the onboard memory in combination with an x86 processor, the device can even work as a fully independent computer........"
That means we can remove the main CPU from the LGA socket and just put this Xeon Phi onto the PCI-E x16 slot and can run windows on it ?? Wow.......
May 23, 2013 6:15:24 AM

Terrible writing. Uggggh.
Slammed into a PCIe slot? Baked on 22nm? They neither slam these processors, or bake them with the ginger bread. I know it's nice to sound hip, but being a proper hipster doofus means it doesn't come off as so forced. Although, you nailed the doofus part.
The last two paragraphs are awkward. I have a (admittedly high-functioning) chicken that can write better than that.
Just awful writing.
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May 23, 2013 7:05:16 AM

So why don't we just build machines with this as the system? One of these could probably play Crysis on high settings.
June 1, 2013 4:52:24 AM

No HDMI :( ((
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September 26, 2013 7:32:59 PM

When these co-processors were first announced over a year ago, engineers were ranting and raving how quickly they would pass up the NVIDIA GPU's. It takes time! There are lots of programming hours going into the former technology. The Xeon Phi is just beginning to take hold: http://deltecsystems.com/parallel-processing/xeon-phi/i...
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