Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday September 22, 2011

Intel Scores Home Run with 10 Petaflop "Stampede" Supercomputer

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), together with The University of Texas at Austin, announced that they will deploy a 10 Petaflop HPC Linux cluster called "Stampede." When it is operational at the beginning of 2013, "Stampede" is expected to be among the most powerful computers in the world. Normally, we’d celebrate this important design, but for all of the Intel employees working on Intelآ® MIC Architecture for the past several years, this announcement has a very special meaning.

For Intel this is an exceptional announcement as those 10 Petaflops will be delivered entirely by Intel technology. "Stampede" will be based on future 8-core Intelآ® Xeonآ® processors E5 family (formerly known as Sandy Bridge-EP) that will deliver 2 petaflops of performance.But this is also the first announcement of a system that will include thousands of Intelآ® Many Integrated Core (Intelآ® MIC) architecture co-processors codenamed "Knights Corner.", which will provide additional 8 Petaflops. In all, "Stampede’s" 10 petaflops performance will be achieved thanks to hundreds of thousands of Intel Xeon and Intel MIC cores آ– all based on Intel architecture.