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Xeon Phi software stack available but no Xeon Phi

boddhisatva (774894) writes | about a year and a half ago

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boddhisatva (774894) writes "The stack has gone golden but like the proverbial atheist in the grave, you're all dressed up with nowhere to go. You can't get one of the 54-core Xeon Phi cards. I have a Kepler 104 card to work with but I see that the Nvidia Tesla K20 card (with 2500 cores) is also hard to come by. But that's because they're shipping pre-orders like mad, 20,000 cards to the Oak Ridge National Lab alone I believe. My friends are selling their Intel shares. Bob Dylan said "It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" and Ray Kurzweiler said that technology is accelerating at an exponential rate. Apple is considering switching their computers to ARM-based systems. Oracle, who currently uses Intel, is developing a new processor with Fujitsu. Remember Research In Motion? Well, a road crew just painted a line over them. The Red Queen in Alice In Wonderland said: "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!" Given that the Xeon Phi cores are P54C Pentium based, albeit a super-charged version, Intel may be the tortoise in this race. There is only one announced commercial machine that will be using these. Nvidia has been in the top 10 supers and in university labs for years. The Kepler 110 relies far less on the CPU and can communicate directly with other 110s locally or on other nodes. How long before the CPU is superfluous?"

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