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Intel completes an Exascale research triple play

On June 8 Intel formally  announced the third in a series of joint research centers focused on driving  high-performance computing systems to exascale levels. Exascale means  performance surpassing a billion billion computations per second — enough to  hypothetically scan through every word ever spoken by humanity in about the time  it took you to read this sentence.

 

These research centers are all new members of the Intel Labs Europe  network:

 

 

Reaching the next level of supercomputing performance is about more than just  reaching an arbitrary milestone. It’s about crossing many different thresholds  of possibility that reside in the Exa-scale domain, to provide scientists and  doctors new tools to draw new insights from of massive amounts of data. It’s  about, along the way, developing the technologies that will one day allow the  cloud to scale to level where massive distributed computers can simulate reality  and synthesize “holodeck” like science-fiction experiences. And, over the long  term, high performance tecnhologies become personal technologies — your PC today  probably has more computing capability than a supercomputer from 20 years ago.  Reaching exascale is about shaping the coming decades of computing.

 

These labs begin research as Intel unveils  new plans for the Intel® Many Integrated Core architecture, which build upon  Intel’s history of many-core related research including Intel’s “Larrabee”  program and Single-chip  Cloud Computer. Taken together, this represents a major effort from Intel to  work with industry and academic collaborators to break down the barriers to  unlocking truly phenomenal computing capabilities for the future.

 

by Sean Koehl - Technology Evangelist

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