Intel Launches ‘Knights Landing’ Phi for Machine Learning, HPC

From ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, Intel Corp. launched the second-generation Xeon Phi product family, code-named Knights Landing, aimed at HPC and machine learning workloads. The company had been shipping “Knights Landing” silicon to early customers for six months and waited to ramp up production before making the product generally available. The window also gave OEMs time to complete their readiness, said Intel’s Charlie Wuischpard, vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of High Performance Computing Platform Group, in a media pre-briefing. Those OEMs include the usual names: Cray, HPE, Lenovo, Dell and others. The most distinguishing feature of the chip is that it’s a bootable host CPU — unlike its predecessor “Knights Corner,” which is a coprocessor that connects over PCIe. “We’re not just a specialized programming model,” said…


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