Watch Intel's First Demo of Larrabee GPGPU

While Intel makes many chips and technologies for all sorts of computing, its known for its CPUs. Now Intel is ready to take on a whole new challenge in the area of graphics with its upcoming Larrabee GPU.

Larrabee's raison d'être is to give Intel something to push back with against AMD and Nvidia. It won't be a direct competitor to Radeons and GeForces, as Larrabee is fundamentally different from present GPUs on the market

Notably, Larrabee's architecture is based off the Pentium P54C design and will use the x86 instruction set. The nature of the design makes Larrabee better suited to the term of the GPGPU. Larrabee is expected to function as a modest rasterizer, but could have the edge the computationally-heavy method of raytracing.

At IDF 2009, Intel made its first public demonstration of Larrabee – running on a Gulftown system, no less. Check it out in the video embedded below:

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  • valcron
    Ok so that video showed me absolutely nothing. Or did I miss something?
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  • crom
    Is it me, or does that video look like its at quite a low frame rate?
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  • tipoo
    It's doing way more than 50 xeons were a few years back, and you people aren't impressed? That's probably because you do not understand what you are seeing and what it entails for the future.

    Rasterisation is great but for effects like shadows and mirrors it is a real mess. Processing requirements also scale linearly hence these ridiculous graphics cards. Rasterisation just lacks the realism of ray tracing. Developers have to do so much work with rasterisation to get all those nice effects and they can't do every surface.

    Ray tracing engines will change all this and the developer will simply define transparency, reflectivity etc. rather than having to create them by hand.

    Essentially raytracing is a more physics like approach treating the simulation like it is in the real world.


    Besides, Intel made no attempt to promote this as a high-end/enthusiast product. So why is there a straight presumption that it will be? It won't. They are aiming for the mainstream market, NOT the top end. (Don't be surprised that ATI and Nvida will own Intel on the performance side in 2010...In fact, I know they will.)

    Dont get me wrong, AMD's 5870 demo with Crysis on Eyefinity was much more impressive to me. That and the fact that AMD's card hits 2.72 terraflops on a single chip, while Larrabee is targeting a measly 1 terraflop.
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  • Anonymous
    GPGPU Fail. When they take off the development name, will the marketing name be Intel Failchip?
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  • valcron
    Ok so that video showed me absolutely nothing. Or did I miss something?
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  • crom
    Is it me, or does that video look like its at quite a low frame rate?
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