Intel Latest Xeon Phi Chips Coming to Supercomputers in 2016
The HPC Scalable System Framework was developed to address what Wuischpard said are increasing bottlenecks within supercomputers in everything from memory and storage to energy efficiency and unoptimized software running in them. At the same time, the kinds of workloads that are running on HPC systems continue to grow. Where supercomputers were once the province of research institutions and government agencies, other businesses now are looking for similar capabilities for such workloads as big data analytics and virtualization. With the SSF, Intel has designed an architecture that can run a broad array of workloads and can scale from small clusters to large supercomputers. The chip maker is taking a holistic view of the environment, rather than simply making components, Wuischpard said. Given the various bottlenecks in current supercomputers, "to keep moving you really have to take a more systemic view and look at memory, I/O, storage and even the software stack," he said. Along with Xeon Phi and Omni-Path Architecture, Intel at the SC 15 show also announced it is creating five new Intel Parallel Computing Centers focused on Lustre software development, partnering with the Alan Turing Institute to expand the role of HPC and data sciences in the U.K. Intel also is working with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to push exascale capabilities of the SSF.
The chip maker also is unveiling a multi-year, multi-million dollar program that includes a scholarship program aimed at attracting women and underrepresented minorities to the HPC field.