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Intel's Knights Landing Xeon Phi chips finally arrive as firm takes aim at HPC

Chipmaker Intel has announced general availability of the latest generation of Knights Landing Xeon Phi processors aimed at high-performance computing (HPC) applications. Announced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, the Knights Landing family is the first of Intel's Xeon Phi many integrated core chips that can function as a standalone processor in its own right, rather than a co-processor for another chip, typically an Intel Xeon. The Knights Landing chips have up to 72 processor cores, each with an architecture similar to Intel's Atom processors, and hence are known as the Xeon Phi 7200 series. The line introduces 16GB of high-speed memory integrated inside the chip package for low latency access for the first time, while each chip can access up to 384GB of DDR4 memory in DIMMs. Knights Landing has been on Intel's HPC roadmap since 2013 and was originally due to ship last year. It has only now become generally available, although Intel said that all the early silicon is already allocated to buyers and volume shipments are not due for several months. To read more, please visit

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