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Intel's Knights Landing: Fresh x86 Xeon Phi lineup for HPC and AI

Machine learning folk, you want to sit up and pay attention here

The long wait for volume shipments of Intel’s “Knights Landing” parallel x86 processors is over. At the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, the company is unveiling the official lineup of its Xeon Phi chips, which are aimed at high performance computing and machine learning workloads alike.

The lineup is uncharacteristically simple for a Xeon product line, which tends to have a lot of different options turned on and off to meet the myriad requirements of features and price points that a diverse customer base usually compels Intel to support.

Over time, the Xeon Phi lineup will become more complex, with the addition of versions of the processor that have integrated Omni-Path networking ports on the Knights Landing package, and eventually Intel will deliver versions of the chip that slide into PCI-Express peripheral slots like the previous “Knights Corner” generation of Xeon Phi coprocessors do. It remains to be seen how much demand there will be for these coprocessors compared to the directly bootable versions that Intel is currently shipping.

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