Getting Started with Highly Parallel Applications

The first Intel® MIC Architecture-based products target segments and applications using highly parallel processing, including high performance computing (HPC), workstations, and data centers.

The Intel® MIC Architecture utilizes a high degree of parallelism in smaller, lower-power performance Intel® processor cores. The result is advanced performance on highly parallel applications.

While relatively few specialized applications today are highly parallel, they address a wide range of important issues—from climate change simulations and genetic analysis, to investment portfolio risk management, and the search for new energy sources.

The Product of Three Research Initiatives 

The Intel® MIC Architecture project draws upon the great work of three research streams, including the 80-core Tera-Scale Computing Research Program, the Single-Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) initiative, and the Intel® microarchitecture code name Larrabee Many-Core Visual Computing Project.

The result is a fundamentally new architecture that uses the same language, tools, compilers, and libraries as the Intel® Xeon® processor. Because Intel® processors are used in nearly 80 percent of the world’s supercomputers programmers can continue to work in familiar territory when creating software for the Intel® MIC Architecture.

Knights Corner Launches the Technology

Codenamed Knights Corner, Intel® MIC Architecture uses the 22-nanometer manufacturing process with transistor structures as small as 22 billionths of a meter, scaling to more than 50 Intel® processing cores on a single chip. The Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor is the first product based on Intel® MIC Architecture, and it targets HPC segments such as oil exploration, scientific research, financial analyses, and climate simulation, among many others.