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Tune in for MashUp Radio this Friday, June 24th from 12:00-12:30 p.m. PT to hear tech devotees Peter Biddle and Engadget’s Tim Stevens share their stories from this week’s CEWeek in New York. Tim is the top-dog and Editor in Chief at Engadget, the consumer’s Bible for all things electronics. He and Peter will discuss their favorite moments from the week’s shows, as well as the best products and industry trends.

Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC) Architecture Shows Strength as Critical Component of Intel’s Exascale Computing Solution



  • With collaboration partners, Intel aims to deliver complete technology solution for exascale performance by the end of the decade.
  • Demonstrations from key supercomputing centers such as Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, CERN and KISTI underscore momentum of Intel® Many Integrated Core Architecture.
  • Intel processor-powered supercomputers make up 77 percent of the latest TOP500 list of supercomputers and nearly 88 percent of all new entries in 2011.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. and HAMBURG, Germany, June 20, 2011 – At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), Kirk Skaugen, Intel Corporation vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, outlined the company’s vision to achieve ExaFLOP/s performance by the end of this decade. An ExaFLOP/s is quintillion computer operations per second, hundreds times more than today’s fastest supercomputers.


Reaching exascale levels of performance in the future will not only require the combined efforts of industry and governments, but also approaches being pioneered by the Intel® Many Integrated Core (Intel® MIC1) Architecture, according to Skaugen. Managing the explosive growth in the amount of data shared across the Internet, finding solutions to climate change, managing the growing costs of accessing resources such as oil and gas, and a multitude of other challenges require increased amounts of computing resources that only increasingly high-performing supercomputers can address.


“While Intel® Xeon® processors are the clear architecture of choice for the current TOP500 list of supercomputers, Intel is further expanding its focus on high-performance computing by enabling the industry for the next frontier with our Many Integrated Core architecture for petascale and future exascale workloads,” said Skaugen. “Intel is uniquely equipped with unparalleled manufacturing technologies, new architecture innovations and a familiar software programming environment that will bring us closer to this exciting exascale goal.”


Paving the Way to Exaflop Performance
Intel’s relentless pursuit of Moore’s Law -- doubling the transistor density on microprocessors roughly every 2 years to increase functionality and performance while decreasing costs -- combined with an innovative, highly efficient software programming model and extreme system scalability were noted by Skaugen as key ingredients for crossing the threshold of petascale computing into a new era of exascale computing. With this increase in performance, though, comes a significant increase in power consumption.


As an example, for today’s fastest supercomputer in China, the Tianhe-1A, to achieve exascale performance, it would require more than 1.6 GW of power – an amount large enough to supply electricity to 2 million homes – thus presenting an energy efficiency challenge.


To address this challenge, Intel and European researchers have established three European labs with three main goals: to create a sustained partner presence in Europe; take advantage of the growing relevance of European high-performance computing (HPC) research; and exponentially grow capabilities in computational science, engineering and strategic computing. One of the technical goals of these labs is to create simulation applications that begin to address the energy efficiency challenges of moving to exascale performance.


Skaugen said there is the potential for tremendous growth of the HPC market. While supercomputers from the 1980s delivered GigaFLOP/s (billions of floating point operations per second) performance, today’s most powerful machines have increased this value by several million times. This, in turn, has increased the demand for processors used in supercomputing. By 2013 Intel expects the top 100 supercomputers in the world to use one million processors. By 2015 this number is expected to double, and is forecasted to reach 8 million units by the end of the decade. The performance of the TOP500 #1 system is estimated to reach 100 PetaFLOP/s in 2015 and break the barrier of 1 ExaFLOP/s in 2018. By the end of the decade the fastest system on Earth is forecasted to be able to provide performance of more than 4 ExaFLOP/s.


Intel MIC Architecture Software Development Momentum
The Intel MIC architecture is a key addition to the company’s existing products, including Intel Xeon processors, and expected to help lead the industry into the era of exascale computing. The first Intel MIC product, codenamed "Knights Corner,” is planned for production on Intel’s 22-nanometer technology that featuring innovative 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Intel is currently shipping Intel MIC software development platforms, codenamed “Knights Ferry,” to select development partners.


At ISC, Intel and some of its partners including Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), CERN and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) showed early results of their work with the “Knights Ferry” platform. The demonstrations showed how Intel MIC architecture delivers both performance and software programmability advantages.


“The programming model advantage of Intel MIC architecture enabled us to quickly scale our applications running on Intel Xeon processors to the Knights Ferry Software Development Platform,” said Prof. Arndt Bode of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre. “This workload was originally developed and optimized for Intel Xeon processors but due to the familiarity of the programming model we could optimize the code for the Intel MIC architecture within hours and also achieved over 650 GFLOPS of performance.”


Intel also showed server and workstation platforms from SGI, Dell, HP, IBM, Colfax and Supermicro, all of which are working with Intel to plan products based on “Knights Corner.” “SGI recognizes the significance of inter-processor communications, power, density and usability when architecting for exascale,” said SGI CTO Dr. Eng Lim Goh. “The Intel MIC products will satisfy all four of these priorities, especially with their anticipated increase in compute density coupled with familiar X86 programming environment.”


TOP500 Supercomputers
The 37th edition of the Top500 list, which was announced at ISC, shows that Intel continues to be a force in high-performance computing, with 387 systems or more than 77 percent, powered by Intel processors. Out of all new entries to the list in 2011, Intel powered systems accounted for close to 88 percent. More than half of these new additions are based on latest 32nm Intel Xeon 5600 series processors which now alone power more than 35% of all systems in TOP500 list, three times the amount comparing to last year.


The semi-annual TOP500 list of supercomputers is the work of Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Erich Strohmaier and Horst Simon of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, and Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee. The complete report is available at www.top500.org.


More information on ISC’11 including detailed description of showcased Intel MIC architecture-based demos and performance, Skaugen’s presentation and pictures are available at newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-2152.


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1 “MIC” is pronounced “Mike” / mahyk / mīk

Intel Capital has invested in two Russian Internet companies, leading a funding round in AlterGeo and signing an agreement to invest in Sapato.ru. AlterGeo is a Russian geo-location social network that allows its more than 700,000 users to “check-in” as well as review and rate places. Sapato.ru is Russia’s first online multi-brand shoe store and sells more than 200 brands and 5700 models. The investment in both companies underlines Intel Capital’s strategy of investing in companies bringing internet and online commerce applications to emerging markets to further drive the proliferation of billions of smarter, Internet-connected devices. These two investments coincide with Intel Corporation’s 20th anniversary in Russia/CIS. To celebrate, Intel held an event at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management with presentations from Intel executives on performance computing and datacenters, IT for business, Intel solutions for mobile platforms, and software and computing platforms.

Inspired by the latest comic book summer movie? Turn those doodles into comic strips with Comics Creator from the Intel AppUpSM center. Upload sketches, doodles and pair them with backgrounds, characters in various emotive states and in different styles of illustrations, dialog bubbles and more. Wizardbrush lets aspiring artists paint pictures and edit photos using the various painting tools and brushes. The app has new features like the new layer feature and tutorial galleries.

A femme fatale, two ruthless heavies and you - these are the stars of a new film experience from Intel, called The Escape, in which you can take part. The Escape combines YouTube, interactivity and social networking and makes the audience the hero; solving puzzles, remotely piloting drones and brawling with assailants to assist the film’s femme fatale in her mission. View The Escape.


  • Intel is helping deliver new consumer experiences through a wide range of consumer electronic devices.
  • Intel® CE media processor family is helping power new Comcast* service that offers more interactive and personalized content.
  • Comcast is using Intel-based set-top boxes, developed by Pace*, in next-generation Xfinity TV market trial.



THE CABLE SHOW, Chicago, June 14, 2011 Today at The Cable Show, Intel Corporation announced that its Intel® CE media processors are helping power Comcast's next-generation Xfinity TV experience which uses a new guide and user interface to make the television more interactive, personal and social.


The Intel-based set-top box, designed and developed by Pace, enables Comcast to deliver services that are easier to navigate and search as well as interactive applications that are seamlessly integrated into the television experience. Comcast is using Intel's processors in new set-top boxes in its Augusta, Ga. market trial of Xfinity TV.


"The new Xfinity TV experience is an outstanding implementation of next-generation television," said Erik Huggers, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Home Group. "It takes advantage of the breakthrough technologies in our Intel system-on-a-chip products and is well-positioned to lead the innovation charge as we push the boundaries ever further."


Intel's system-on-a-chip also offers a new level of CPU and graphics performance that is capable of running multiple platform technologies and device drivers.


"Our next-generation Xfinity TV is a platform that brings a much richer, personalized and interactive experience, with the ability to continually improve and expand features for our customers," said Sam Schwartz, president, Comcast Converged Products. "Partnering with Intel accelerates this innovation through the large community of companies and technologies that support their processors today."


According to Mike Pulli, president, Pace Americas, "By working with Intel and Comcast on the Xfinity TV set-top box platform, we're providing consumers with an extraordinary level of entertainment, personalization and interaction that further enhances Comcast's offering to their subscribers."



Video: Brian Roberts Demos 1Gbps Speed Broadband Connection and Next Generation Video Product


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.


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At Computex 2011, Doug Davis kicked off his satellite event with a video highlighting the need for unique companion computing solutions that provide a personal connection between the user, the device and the application, including Intel-based netbooks and tablets. It’s not a “one device fits all” model. We don’t all like the same food. We don’t all drive the same car. And we don’t all want the exact same experience from our devices. Intel believes a great companion computing experience begins with a device and a software stack that offers the user a broad range of choice in terms of how it looks, what it is best at, and how you interact with it.

The Creators Project, a global cultural and technology initiative by Vice and Intel, kicks-off the second year of its international event series this year in Paris from June 9th to June 12th at La Gaite Lyrique. The three-day extravaganza will feature some of the world’s leading and emerging artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression through technology. Thousands of attendees are expected to fill the international cultural institution dedicated to digital arts and new music. Also new this year in France, is France Plus, a program that features new multimedia collaborations and a series of art and music events across the country.

Create the perfect music playlist for your summer road trip by discovering the newest artists using apps from the Intel AppUpSM center. With millions of songs to choose from, GrooveShark lets you search for and play their favorite music for free, with no audio ads or listening limits. PopCatcher is a combined service, containing a genre-based listing of popular Internet radio stations together with automatic radio music recorder software, that will save the most frequent songs played. Need to set the mood? Give Moodagent a starting track or set the sliders to define your mood, and you instantly get a tailor-made playlist based on your music library.

Intel’s new Museum of Me is a fantastic new way to look at your on-line social life. It creates a virtual museum in which the objects on display are draw from your Facebook page and the exhibits are the things you care about: your friends, your photographs, your videos, your wall and the things you ‘Like’. Check out the preview video on YouTube and then head on over to the Museum - it’s open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week!

Each quarter, Visual Adrenaline Magazine delivers the stories behind the latest innovations in visual computing directly to your inbox. With the newly launched Intel® Visual Adrenaline App, you can enjoy engaging and inspiring in-depth articles, entertaining videos, and beautiful image galleries for browsing – all in a convenient ‘take it with you’ iOS universal app for your Apple iPad*, iPhone*, and iPod* Touch. Whether you are a professional software developer, an enthusiast, or a student, you can experience ‘Visual Adrenaline’ in a whole new way.

Intel Capital has made its first robotics industry investment, leading a $13 million investment in Aldebaran Robotics. The company currently manufactures and sells advanced, programmable humanoid robots focused on the education, personal services and research markets. Its products combine a range of facial and voice recognition technologies with location awareness capabilities, providing a flexible platform for application development. The funding from Intel Capital will play a key role in allowing Aldebaran Robotics to develop its product offering into additional vertical sectors such as health and social care. See press release for more information.

Video: will.i.am chats with Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson

will.i.am, Intel’s director of creative innovation, brings his brand of insight, humor and humanitarian vision to the first in a series of video chats hosted by Intel futurist Brian David Johnson. Topics include early memories of geekdom, why movies about the future are wrong and when apps meet the world of Harry Potter. Is a trade show called “Wand-con” far off?

Intel Announces New Research and Partnership Efforts at Annual R&D Event




  • Intel Labs announced a second Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) to open with a focus on secure computing, hosted at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with several other universities.
  • More than 35 research projects from around the globe touching visual computing, security and authentication, user experience, cloud computing and more on display at annual Intel Labs research event.
  • Intel Labs to release two new open source software packages: a distributed scene graph package to increase the maximum number of participants in 3-D Web applications, such as virtual worlds, by more than 20 times, and an advanced ray tracing package to accelerate the rendering of photorealistic images on Intel-based systems by 100 percent.



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 7, 2011 – Intel Labs opened its doors to the media, academia, partners and customers today at the 9th annual Research at Intel event, where Justin Rattner, Intel Corporation chief technology officer, unveiled more than 35 innovative research projects underway that will help transform the future of technology.


Many of these projects are the result of joint research among different divisions of Intel and its academic and industry partners. Additionally, Rattner announced the latest Intel Science Technology Center (ISTC), a new collaborative framework for security research between Intel and several leading universities.


Focused on secure computing, Intel's latest ISTC is hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, and also includes partnerships with Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Duke and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This center represents the next $15 million installment of Intel's recently announced 5-year, $100 million ISTC program to increase university research and accelerate innovation. As with the first ISTC for Visual Computing, the new Secure Computing center will encourage tighter collaboration between university thought leaders and Intel.


"The co-principal investigators from Intel and UC Berkeley will lead a talented team of researchers from across the country to address today's most challenging problems in computer security," said Rattner. "Forming a multidisciplinary community of Intel, faculty and graduate student researchers will lead to fundamental breakthroughs in one of the most difficult and vexing areas of computing technology."


The ISTC for secure computing will focus its research on a variety of areas over the next 5 years, including making personal computers safer from malware, securing mobile devices, both in terms of data protection for the individual, as well as making it safer to download data to devices, and use of third party applications. Another key area researchers will address is how to protect personal data once it is scattered throughout the Web. Today people share their personal data all over the Internet when signing up for a variety of services. Users exert little to no control over their personal data once they've granted access to it, and as such, the new ISTC will look into ways to give people more control and make their data more secure.


A Glimpse into the Future of Technology, Today

Demonstrations at the Research at Intel event spanned such areas as visual computing, security and authentication to user experience and cloud computing, among others, and are the result of ongoing, collaborative efforts between Intel and its industry and academic partners. For example:


  • "Unleashing the Potential of Intel® Processor Graphics" for cryptography operations demonstrates how faster and more efficiently security measures can be achieved using the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor-based platforms.
  • "Authentication of the Future" shows how identify theft can be avoided when using a trusted client with advanced authentication and user presence techniques by locally establishing your identity and confirming it with Web-based services, improving both the security and user experience.
  • "Magic Mirror" provides a look at a virtual shopping experience with a realistic avatar of the shopper dressed in the latest fashions. This demo shows a 3-D avatar that tracked movements in real-time and changed body dimensions using gesture.
  • "Steerable Sound" shows spherical loudspeakers that not only give best-in-class sound reproduction, but also dynamic, steerable sound analogous to traditional acoustic musical instruments.
  • "Automatic Classroom Collaboration" shows how students can form collaborative groups automatically using Intel-based classmate PCs. Proximity detection technology finds classmate PCs near a student and helps to form a group automatically with students who are in the vicinity. With a click of a button students can form groups, start collaborating on a project, take a quiz together or compete with each other.
  • "Wireless Energy Sensing Technology" (WEST) is an easy-to-use plug-in device that uses pattern recognition to determine when different electrical loads turn on and off in the home. Using a simple application, homeowners can examine a variety of energy reports to help them better manage their energy consumption.
  • The "Many-Core Applications Research" community shows how more than 80 worldwide institutions are researching future software using Intel Lab's 48-core single-chip Cloud Computer concept chip.


Intel Software Code Releases

As part of its strategy to increase collaboration across the industry and academic sectors, Intel Labs announced it will release source code for its Distributed Scene Graph 3-D Internet technology. This code is part of an ongoing effort to augment the OpenSim open-source virtual world simulator and will enable developers to build virtual regions where people can work or play online with a cast of thousands, instead of being limited to less than a hundred today – a more than 20 times improvement. Virtual environments have applications from entertainment and education to social networking. Intel showed an example of how the technology could enable a massive multi-player "game" to train first responders for different disaster scenarios.


Also this month, Intel Labs will release as open source its state-of-the-art offline ray tracing code to researchers and developers. Ray tracing is a computer graphics technique that produces photo-realistic images by tracing imaginary light rays to determine where and how every part of an object should be illuminated. Intel showed how this code will improve the speed by up to 100 percent on Intel-based systems. This advanced ray tracing code targets professional applications and is a separate effort from the company's game-focused, real-time ray tracing project shown previously. The code is expected to find use in commercial applications such as designing cars, making movies and visualizing new architectural designs.



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