The world of the data center and high performance computing has requirements that a regular desktop chip can’t hope to fill. Terms like density and efficiency are key so Intel has cooked up a new plan to get as much of both as possible into their next server chips.
The company’s first Many Integrated Core initiative, MIC for short, is code named “Knights Corner” and should appear on their next generation 22-nanometer manufacturing process. You might ask what’s in it for a high performance number crunching machine. Well there’s isn’t much since the new chips seem to be many small power cores in one package making it a nice option for those with tasks that can be parallelized and with planned chips containing up to 50 cores there will be plenty of people clamoring to get their software up to the task of feeding such chips.
I guess we can expect them to climb to the top of super computer lists in short order.