Intel Xeon Phi Solos

LAKE WALES. Fla.—Intel’s 72-processor Xeon Phi now boots stand-alone, rather than as a coprocessor, to tackle any multiprocessing task—especially brain-like deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI). Intel says the bootable Xeon Phi scales to any number of processors using Intel’s scalable-system framework (SSF) with integrated on-chip fabric, Omni-Path fiber and silicon photonics. Speed was bumped to 1.5-GHz for high-performance computing (HPC) orchestration while maintaining its low-power energy budget compared with GPU-based and other competing high-speed multicore arrays tied to PCIe, according to Intel. “The Xeon Phi is the world’s first CPU with integrated fabric in-package,” Charles Wuischpard, vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of the HPC Platform Group told EE Times. “The Xeon Phi is now bootable by itself, has integrated in-package memory and can run…

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