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During Dadi Perlmutter’s speech at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and MasterCard showcased for the first time an emerging, innovative online check-out experience with MasterCard’s PayPass* Wallet Service that uses NFC technology on an Ultrabook™ device. The MasterCard PayPass card - in conjunction with Intel® Identity Protection Technology - is simply tapped on the Toshiba Satellite U925t Ultrabook™ convertible to more easily and safely share the buyer’s information with the merchant. For more information, visit: http://intel.ly/ujCTLp.

Intel is pioneering software-defined networking (SDN) as a way to open networks for ultra-high scale, increased flexibility and control and reduced costs. SDN moves network control out of the networking gear, to SDN controllers such as OpenFlow, offering a new level of visibility and automation. With the IDF launch of the Intel® Ethernet Switch FM6764 and Seacliff Trail reference design, Intel is enabling the next-generation of cloud networks. The Seacliff Trail platform uses the FM6764, the Intel Crystal Forest AMC control plane module and SDN-enabled software from Wind River. More information on the IDF announcements can be found here.

Perceptual Computing to Reshape How People Interact with Devices



  • In 2013, 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family based on "Haswell" microarchitecture will bring faster, thinner, lighter, cooler, more secure systems with built-in graphics to mainstream.
  • New line of low-power processors drives power lower to inspire even more innovative Ultrabook™, convertible and tablet designs with the performance of "Haswell" microarchitecture.
  • Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit beta to help bring natural, intuitive experiences using gesture and voice interaction to Intel platforms.



INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2012 – Intel Corporation's chief product officer today described how its low-power processors, starting with the company's 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family available next year, will set a new standard for mobile computing experiences and innovative Ultrabook™, convertible and tablet designs.


Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, David (Dadi) Perlmutter said Intel reduced the platform idle power of its 4th generation Intel Core processor family based on the next-generation "Haswell" microarchitecture by more than 20 times over the 2nd generation while delivering outstanding performance and responsiveness. He also said Intel will add a new line of even lower-power processors based on the same microarchitecture to its roadmap starting in 2013.


Both new products underscore the company's focus to aggressively drive power consumption down to enable longer battery life and a wave of new, more mobile designs, while delivering ever-increasing processor, graphics and media performance.


"The 4th generation Intel Core processor family and our new line of low-power processors will usher in an era of unprecedented innovation in mobile computing," Perlmutter said. "Our focus to deliver even lower power with the great performance that our processors are known for is as fundamentally significant as when we shifted our development focus beyond sheer processor speed in 2001. As a result, you'll see our customers delivering sleek and cool convertible designs, as well as radical breakthrough experiences across a growing spectrum of mobile devices."


Intel Powers the Spectrum of Mobile Experiences, Convertible Designs

Since Intel created and invested in the ecosystem for the new category of Ultrabook systems last year, it has already inspired dramatic innovation in personal computing. More than 140 different Ultrabook designs are in development, a number of which are convertibles, with more than 70 powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors available today.


When the company's 22nm 4th generation Intel Core processor family comes to the Ultrabook and other PCs in 2013, it will bring Intel HD graphics support, new instructions for faster encryption and performance, new hardware-based security features and low-power processor sub-states to enable longer battery life.


To spur even more innovation in mobile computing, Intel's new low-power chips based on "Haswell" microarchitecture will broaden the company's mobile roadmap, initially operating at about 10 watts to enable thinner, lighter Ultrabook, convertible and tablet designs with better performance and battery life.

Turning his attention to the full mobility spectrum, Perlmutter detailed how Intel delivers the best choices for every mobile experience. Coming soon, the next-generation Intel® Atom™ processor (codenamed "Clover Trail") is a new system-on-chip (SoC) architected specifically for Windows* 8. Based on Intel's 32nm process technology, it powers lightweight tablets and convertibles, and includes outstanding battery life and always-on technology in sleek designs.


Perlmutter also articulated the advantages of Intel-based Windows 8 devices, noting that Intel Atom- and Intel Core-based tablets and convertibles will deliver a range of new features from enhanced media capabilities, security built for enterprise vertical market solutions, and support for the breadth of applications written for Intel processors, thus retaining the software investment of IT and consumers.


"We believe Windows 8 on Intel® architecture will deliver the best experience, performance and compatibility across computing platforms," he said.


The Rise of Natural, Intuitive Computing Experiences

The personal computing experience is shifting to one based on perceptual computing where devices will take on human-like senses to perceive the user's intentions, according to Perlmutter, adding that Intel is driving these capabilities across Intel platforms both now and into the future.


Perlmutter invited the developer community to work with Intel to bring the next wave of perceptual computing capability to Intel Core-based platforms with the release of the company's first Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit (SDK) beta. The SDK, targeted for release early next quarter, will enable hardware and software developers to bring gesture interaction, facial and voice recognition, and augmented reality to life on existing and future Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook systems and PCs.


Perlmutter talked about progress made to bring voice recognition to the Ultrabook while showing a system running the Nuance Dragon Assistant* Beta optimized for Intel Core processors. Dell plans to make the Dragon Assistant* Beta available in the United States next quarter in its Dell* XPS13 Ultrabook.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


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With the release of the Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta, developers will be able to add perceptual computing usages to create immersive software applications that incorporate close-range tracking, speech recognition, facial analysis and 2D/3D object tracking on 2nd and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor-powered Ultrabook™ devices and PCs. The software development kit will be available in October, 2012, includes a standard API to help reduce development time and testing cost, and supports the Creative* Interactive Gesture Camera Developer Kit. Intel has also announced a Perceptual Computing Challenge with up to $1 million in awards and promotions for application developers. Learn more about Intel® Perceptual Computing.

Nation's Most Innovative Math and Science Schools Celebrated as Intel Schools of Distinction



  • Schools with exceptional math and science programs were recognized in Washington, D.C. at the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards.
  • Ossining High School from Ossining, N.Y. won the top award of $100,000.
  • Other schools from Alabama, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington were recognized.



WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 10, 2012 – Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y. took top honors Monday in the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards. The Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognizes K-12 schools that have some of the most successful educational programs in the country. Honored schools provide a rich, rigorous science or mathematics curriculum by incorporating hands-on investigative experiences that prepare students for future jobs.


Other winning schools include George Hall Elementary School (Mobile, Ala.), Legacy Elementary School (Madison, Ala.), Penn Alexander School (Philadelphia), School of Science and Engineering (Dallas) and Technology Access Foundation Academy (Kent, Wash.).


"Intel is proud to honor the Intel Schools of Distinction Award winners for their commitment to encouraging and engaging students in science and math," said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. "Through the recognition of these innovative programs, Intel hopes to form a greater awareness of the tangible successes schools can achieve by cultivating a hands-on science and math environment."


The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distributed $560,000 in cash grants and awards to the winning schools. Each winning school at a minimum won an estimated $75,000 in a combination of cash grants from the Intel Foundation and an award package that includes curriculum materials, professional development resources, hardware and software from such sponsors as Adaptive Curriculum, BrainWare Safari, DreamBox Learning, LanSchool, Pearson and SMART, which has been an anchor benefactor of this program since its 2004 inception.


Ossining High School received the Star Innovator Award, which brings an additional $15,000 from the Intel Foundation along with other prizes totaling $100,000. Since 1988, this high school has implemented a project-based science program that fosters involvement through an extensive network of mentoring and community partnerships. Through hands-on learning, the program has encouraged a wide variety of student programs, including the school's robotics program, where students create robots from the initial design through final development.


Winners were selected from a pool of 18 schools that were recognized as finalists from 176 applications from 35 states. Finalists were:


TopicSchool LevelSchool NameCityState
MathematicsElementary SchoolDana Elementary SchoolDanaNorth Carolina
Forest Hills SchoolFlorenceAlabama
George Hall Elementary SchoolMobileAlabama
Middle SchoolDowell Middle SchoolMcKinneyTexas
St. Therese Chinese Catholic SchoolChicagoIllinois
Technology Access Foundation AcademyKentWashington
High SchoolBaruch College Campus High SchoolNew YorkNew York
Peachtree Ridge High SchoolSuwaneeGeorgia
School of Science and EngineeringDallasTexas
ScienceElementary SchoolGary and Bobbye Jack Minshew Elementary SchoolMcKinneyTexas
Legacy Elementary SchoolMadisonAlabama
West Melbourne Elementary School for ScienceWest MelbourneFlorida
Middle SchoolEdison Computech Middle SchoolFresnoCalifornia
Ni River Middle SchoolSpotsylvaniaVirginia
Penn Alexander SchoolPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
High SchoolBoston Latin SchoolBostonMassachusetts
Gatton AcademyBowling GreenKentucky
Ossining High SchoolOssiningNew York


For more information on the Intel Schools of Distinctions Awards visitwww.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction. To get the latest Intel education news, follow Twitter updates at https://es.twitter.com/IntelK12Edu.


Intel's sponsorship of the Schools of Distinction Awards is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, a sustained public-private partnership with governments in more than 50 countries. Through this $100 million a year initiative, Intel delivers programs that improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills and encourages excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. For more information, visitwww.intel.com/education.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

What kind of future do you want to live in? What kind of future should we avoid? Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson asks these questions of leading industry analysts and sci-fi authors. Check out their science fiction stories and podcasts about what our future may hold. Catch the Intel Developer Forum panel "Imagining the Future and Building It" with analysts Rob Enderle and Kathleen Maher (Sept 10th at 10:30am PDT). And take a look at blogs for more on what they envision for our future: "Intel's Tomorrow Project: Crafting a Better Future" by Rob Enderle, "Intel outsources the future" by Kathleen Maher, and "Prototyping the Distant Future" by Roger Kay. Still want more? Check out the IDF Media Kit on the Intel Newsroom!

Join Intel Labs on Monday, Sept. 10 via LiveCast to explore the transformation of how people are using technology to construct and design new ways of seeing the future. Intel Futurist, Brian David Johnson, will moderate a panel discussion with research scientists, Sci-Fi authors and industry analysts to investigate the evolution of relationships between people and technology. Following the panel discussion, there will be a technology demonstrations of interactive and context-aware innovations coming out of Intel Labs that will further demonstrate how people's relationship with technology is changing. LiveCast times (PT) and topics for Monday, Sept. 10, 2012:

  • 10:00am - 11:30 a.m. - Introduction and panel discussion
  • 12:00 p.m. - Demo: Display without Boundaries
  • 12:20 p.m. - Demo: Emotions Through Images
  • 12:40 p.m. - Demo: Interactive Shopping
  • 1:00 p.m. - Demo: Situational Sensitive Communication.

For more information visit the Intel newsroom or Intel Labs Facebook page.

Upgrade your mental productivity with the following apps from Intel AppUp® center. Brush up on Biology with Khan Academy, a compelling educational application that features a full set of curriculum. Download the Wolfram Fraction Reference App, and relearn how to add, subtract and convert fractions, and also get help on specific problems.  Spark your brainpower by reliving the classic Pac-Man arcade game, and avoid those pesky ghosts while chomping on dots. Challenge your logic and strategic thinking skills with Core Mind Master, which allows players to match wits with friends, foes or family members.

Intel and Discovery Education have announced the expansion of the Curiosity in the Classroom program, designed to extend learning opportunities for teachers and students as part of Discovery Channel's CURIOSITY television series. The program highlights free resources designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and will include new lesson plans and activities across various STEM subjects. A national sweepstakes titled "Catch Me Being Curious" is part of the expansion. Learn more here.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 7, 2012 – Intel Corporation today announced that third-quarter revenue is expected to be below the company's previous outlook as a result of weaker than expected demand in a challenging macroeconomic environment. The company now expects third-quarter revenue to be $13.2 billion, plus or minus $300 million, compared to the previous expectation of $13.8 billion to $14.8 billion.


Relative to the prior forecast, the company is seeing customers reducing inventory in the supply chain versus the normal growth in third-quarter inventory; softness in the enterprise PC market segment; and slowing emerging market demand. The data center business is meeting expectations.


The company's expectation for third-quarter gross margin is now 62 percent, plus or minus one percentage point; lower than the previous expectation of 63 percent, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.


Expectations for R&D and MG&A spending and depreciation in the third quarter remain unchanged.


Full-year capital spending is expected to be below the low-end of the company's previous outlook of $12.1 billion to 12.9 billion, as the company accelerates the re-use of existing equipment to the 14nm node.


The outlook for the third quarter does not include the effect of any acquisitions, divestitures or similar transactions that may be completed after Sept. 7. All other quarterly and full-year expectations have been withdrawn and will be updated with the company's third-quarter earnings report on Oct. 16.


Status of Business Outlook

Intel's Business Outlook is posted on intc.com and may be reiterated in public or private meetings with investors and others. The Business Outlook will be effective through the close of business Sept. 14 unless earlier updated. Intel's Quiet Period will start from the close of business on Sept. 14 until publication of the company's third-quarter earnings release, scheduled for Oct. 16. During the Quiet Period, all of the Business Outlook and other forward-looking statements disclosed in the company's news releases and filings with the SEC should be considered as historical, speaking as of prior to the Quiet Period only and not subject to an update by the company.


Risk Factors

The above statements and any others in this document that refer to plans and expectations for the third quarter, the year and the future are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should" and their variations identify forward-looking statements. Statements that refer to or are based on projections, uncertain events or assumptions also identify forward-looking statements. Many factors could affect Intel's actual results, and variances from Intel's current expectations regarding such factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Intel presently considers the following to be the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's expectations.


  • Demand could be different from Intel's expectations due to factors including changes in business and economic conditions, including supply constraints and other disruptions affecting customers; customer acceptance of Intel's and competitors' products; changes in customer order patterns including order cancellations; and changes in the level of inventory at customers. Uncertainty in global economic and financial conditions poses a risk that consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to negative financial events, which could negatively affect product demand and other related matters.
  • Intel operates in intensely competitive industries that are characterized by a high percentage of costs that are fixed or difficult to reduce in the short term and product demand that is highly variable and difficult to forecast. Revenue and the gross margin percentage are affected by the timing of Intel product introductions and the demand for and market acceptance of Intel's products; actions taken by Intel's competitors, including product offerings and introductions, marketing programs and pricing pressures and Intel's response to such actions; and Intel's ability to respond quickly to technological developments and to incorporate new features into its products.
  • The gross margin percentage could vary significantly from expectations based on capacity utilization; variations in inventory valuation, including variations related to the timing of qualifying products for sale; changes in revenue levels; segment product mix; the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs; start-up costs; excess or obsolete inventory; changes in unit costs; defects or disruptions in the supply of materials or resources; product manufacturing quality/yields; and impairments of long-lived assets, including manufacturing, assembly/test and intangible assets.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse economic, social, political and physical/infrastructure conditions in countries where Intel, its customers or its suppliers operate, including military conflict and other security risks, natural disasters, infrastructure disruptions, health concerns and fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
  • Expenses, particularly certain marketing and compensation expenses, as well as restructuring and asset impairment charges, vary depending on the level of demand for Intel's products and the level of revenue and profits.
  • Intel's results could be affected by the timing of closing of acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Intel's results could be affected by adverse effects associated with product defects and errata (deviations from published specifications), and by litigation or regulatory matters involving intellectual property, stockholder, consumer, antitrust, disclosure and other issues, such as the litigation and regulatory matters described in Intel's SEC reports. An unfavorable ruling could include monetary damages or an injunction prohibiting Intel from manufacturing or selling one or more products, precluding particular business practices, impacting Intel's ability to design its products, or requiring other remedies such as compulsory licensing of intellectual property.

A detailed discussion of these and other factors that could affect Intel's results is included in Intel's SEC filings, including the company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K.


Conference Call Schedule

There is no conference call scheduled in association with this announcement.

Intel plans to report its earnings for the third quarter of 2012 on Oct. 16. Immediately following the earnings report, the company plans to publish a commentary by Stacy J. Smith, senior vice president and chief financial officer, at www.intc.com/results.cfm. A public webcast of Intel's earnings conference call will follow at 2 p.m. PDT at www.intc.com.



About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Intel is joining Games for Change, a global advocate for supporting and making games for social good, to support Half the Sky Movement: The Game launching on November 13, 2012 on Facebook. Intel supports technology innovation like Half the Sky Movement: The Game, as it creates a tremendous opportunity to unlock the power of social media to drive social change. Intel believes that technology plays a major role in improving education for girls and women to participate, prosper and lead in the global economy. Like the game page here.

The global market for digital signage is expected to reach 10 million media players and 22 million digital signs by 2015. To help enable a simpler, faster, and more cost-effective way to bring digital signage to market, Intel announced a new Digital Signage technology package that features pre-validated hardware and software from Intel, Kontron and Microsoft. The technology offering aims to simplify digital signage evaluation and allows companies to spend more time crafting exciting and engaging content and less time dealing with software integration. For more information click here.

Intel today announced two new development suites: Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2013 and Intel® Cluster Studio XE 2013. These integrated suites help developers create faster, more scalable and more reliable applications through optimized compilers, libraries and analysis tools. Improvements include support for next-generation processors including Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors, as well as support for Java, C++ and Fortran. Learn more here

Pre-Validated Hardware and Software Kit Includes Technologies from Intel, Kontron*, Microsoft*



  • Digital Signage Evaluation Kit-12 simplifies the evaluation of digital signage solutions and enables rapid deployment across a range of market segments.
  • DSEK-12 features technologies from Intel, Kontron* and Microsoft* in a pre-validated system with key software and evaluation licenses to allow developers to focus on software development.
  • Intel predicts the global market for digital signage will reach 10 million media players and a corresponding 22 million digital signs by 2015.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 – Retailers and advertisers are increasingly turning to digital signage to explore new ways to attract and engage consumers. However, evaluating digital signage solutions involves a costly, time-intensive process of collecting and integrating software and licenses before ever beginning content creation. Addressing this growing need, Intel Corporation today announced the next-generation Digital Signage Evaluation Kit-12 (DSEK-12) designed to streamline the digital signage evaluation process, reduce costs and enable faster deployment across a range of market segments including retail, healthcare and transportation.


The DSEK-12 features technologies from Intel, Kontron* and Microsoft* in a pre-loaded and validated system. The kit includes an OPS-compliant Kontron media player KOPS800 based on 3rd generation Intel® CoreTM processors as well as a 180-day evaluation copy of Windows Embedded POSReady 7. In addition, demos of Content Creation and Content Management Software (CMS) from Flypaper* and Scala* are included.


"Retailers and advertisers are exploring digital signage as a new avenue to convey their message in enticing and engaging ways for consumers," said Jose Avalos, director of Visual Retail at Intel. "In fact, we believe the global market for digital signage will reach 10 million media players and a corresponding 22 million digital signs by 2015. The new Intel solution helps streamline the development and deployment process of digital signage, allowing companies to spend more time crafting engaging content and less time dealing with software integration."


Additionally, the DSEK-12 comes pre-loaded with Intel® Audience Impression Metrics (Intel® AIM Suite), a software solution designed to deliver personalized content to consumers while providing retailers and advertisers with valuable analytics. The software anonymously monitors viewer metrics, such as gender, age bracket and length of attention, and analyzes the data in real-time. The kit also features Intel® vPro™ Technology for easy platform management.


With the incorporation of Windows Embedded POSReady 7, developers can create innovative media experiences, rich interactive applications and compelling user interfaces.


"Working with Intel and Kontron helps us deliver the flexibility of Windows to developers driving innovation across the digital signage environment," said Cuong Pham, product manager for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. "Providing these tools in a cohesive package helps companies enjoy the real-time benefits of intelligent systems while bringing an engaging, targeted experience to customers."


Once software development is completed, the developer can choose to use the entire kit or uncouple the Kontron media player KOPS800 and deploy that portion directly into any Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) compatible monitor. This modular approach enables optimal scalability for different graphics and processing performance needs without sacrificing overall time to market.


"The DSEK-12 enables quicker solution deployments by enabling a simplified, integrated development environment," said Kevin Rhoads, vice president of Embedded Products at Kontron. "With its out-of-the-box support for multiple leading content provider platforms and displays, customers now have a choice for quick digital signage content development and deployment."


The DSEK-12 is available for purchase now from Kontron and through the distribution channels of Avnet and Arrow.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Core and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


  • U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory announces new petascale HPC system dedicated to researching renewable energy and energy efficiency, scheduled for power-on in summer 2013.
  • The newly designed system will be powered by the combination of current 32nm and future 22nm generation Intel® Xeon® processors and the new Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors running inside HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen 8) servers.
  • The leading energy efficiency of Intel Xeon processors and co-processors combined with innovative data center design and revolutionary warm water cooling system designed by HP, with a power density more than twice of today’s air-cooled racks, are expected to make the installation at NREL the world's most energy efficient data center.
  • Participating in the software development for Intel® MIC architecture, NREL took only days to port a half-million lines of code of the Weather Research and Forecasting application to demonstrate the potential forenergy efficiency and performance of Intel Xeon Phi cores.



SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 – Signaling its commitment to energy-efficient high- performance computing, Intel Corporation today announced that it will work with HP to help design and provide the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with a supercomputing system that will drive research across a number of energy-related initiatives, including renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. The new High Performance Computer (HPC) data center promises to become one of the world's most efficient installations.


The system is scheduled to deliver full compute capacity in the summer of 2013 and will feature approximately 3,200 Intel® Xeon® processors including current-generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2670, future 22nm Ivy Bridge based processors and approximately 600 new Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors. The total peak performance of the system is expected to exceed 1 Petaflop (equivalent to a thousand trillion floating point operations per second) and it will be the largest supercomputer dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy efficiency research. Leading energy-efficient capabilities of Intel Xeon processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors combined with HP ProLiant Gen 8 servers and the new HP warm water cooling solution and innovative data center design will result in this facility likely being the world's most efficient data center with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.06 or better.


"The heart of NREL is based on a powerful combination of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family, which leads the data center industry in performance per watt, and Intel Xeon Phi co-processors which are setting new records for energy efficiency," said Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager of Intel Technical Computing Group. "We are proud that the very best energy-efficient processing technology in computing is the foundation for the supercomputer that will drive the research for renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies."


Data Center Nearly Twice as Efficient as Industry Average

The data center industry uses the PUE rating as the standard measurement to describe the power usage effectiveness and measure the efficiency of any given site. The ideal PUE rating would be 1.0, and PUE of 2.0 means that for every watt of power used for IT equipment, an additional watt is used in overhead like cooling systems. According to the EPA's Energy Star Program*, a typical PUE is 1.92. With a PUE rating for this system expected to be 1.06 or better,NREL's installation will be nearly twice efficient as average.


"At NREL, we have taken a holistic approach to sustainable computing," said Steve Hammond, NREL Computational Science director. "This new system will allow NREL to increase our computational capabilities while being mindful of energy and water used. We will take advantage of both the bytes of information produced and the BTUs produced. The new HPC system will dramatically improve our modeling and simulations capabilities used to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies as well as energy system integration. At the same time, NREL's partnership with Intel and HP will demonstrate best-in-class for energy-efficient computing and data center design and will provide a laboratory for collaborative research to address future energy challenges in HPC systems and data centers."


Intel and HP experts worked with data center designers at NREL to leverage innovative warm water liquid cooling technology to maximize the reuse of heat. There will not be any traditional mechanical or compressor-based cooling systems; the "waste heat" from the computer system will be used as the primary heat source in the adjacent office and lab space. Excess heat can also be exported to other areas of the NREL campus. The data center design is compact, resulting in short runs for both electrical and plumbing components.


Intel Xeon Phi: A Key Ingredient

One of the key ingredients in making this facility energy and performance efficient was the inclusion of the upcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ co-processors. Made using Intel's 22nm 3-D tri-Gate transistor technology, the co-processors based on Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture offer a combination of leading performance efficiency and friendly programming model, allowing developers to achieve great performance at low energy and time cost associated with optimizing applications for taking full advantage of new technology. NREL was participating in the software development for Intel MIC architecture, and spent only a few days to port a half-million lines of code of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) application to prepare for taking full advantage of the energy efficiency and performance of Intel Xeon Phi cores. WRF is one of several atmospheric modeling tools NREL is deploying in wind energy research.


"The idea is to make wind power compelling from a cost-of-energy standpoint," said John Michalakes, NREL HPC scientist. "Modeling the wind energy systemfrom meteorological to turbine scales means squeezing every last ounce of performance from our simulations, and the ability to develop and optimize using the same software ecosystem as the host Intel Xeon processor is a tremendous boost for application performance, scaling and programmer productivity."


Intel is committed to driving energy efficiency in its products and manufacturing operations. Intel's IT organization continues to improve the energy efficiency of the company's data centers and completed projects that have saved nearly 120 million kWh of energy over the past 2 years. Additionally, Intel has invested more than $58 million in resource conservation and efficiency projects to reduce energy use in operations, saving more than 825 million kWh of energy since 2001.


About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.


Intel, Intel Xeon and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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