Intel preps Knights Landing 'Ninja' dev boxes

Got US$5k to spare? And that's the the liquid-cooled entry-level version. The rack's $20k

Intel's fulfilling its 2015 promise to let developers get their hands on a Knights Landing developer platform before the 14 nm HPC silicon reaches general availability.

The pre-GA development machines were foreshadowed last November, when Chipzilla told The Register's sister publication The Next Platform that the platform would be “a real workstation with all of the software and developer tools needed to port and test code”.

You'll need moderately deep pockets: the desk-site liquid-cooled version costs US$4982.88, while the four-node, two-rack-unit starts at a cool $19,703.14.

The Ninja Development Platform is available for pre-order here. It ships with user-specified memory and local storage, CentOS 7.2, and a slew of Intel tools. The development platform uses socketed Knights Landing Phi processors rather than coprocessor cards.

Colfax is providing support in the USA, or local OEMs in other territories.

The package includes a one-year named-user license for Intel Parallel Studio XE (with Intel C++ and Fortran compilers and a bunch of associated tools).

With 72 cores, even the deskside version should hum along (see this performance benchmark, also from The Next Platform). Intel specifies Knights Landing as offering three teraflop of double-precision floating point performance and eight teraflops at single-precision.

There will be webinars and hands-on workshops to help developers take advantage of the machines. The workshops include three weeks of access to a Phi-based coprocessor server, with ten two-hour training sessions. ®

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