Intel reaches supercomputing milestone, announces Xeon Phi brand

The recently launched Intel Xeon processor E5 family has reached a supercomputing milestone as the fastest adopted new processing technology in the Top500 list of supercomputers.

The E5 family is said to power 44 systems, including three petascale class supercomputers. The largest of these is 'SuperMUC' at LRZ in Germany, the most powerful supercomputer in Europe and the most powerful ever built on x86 architecture. Coinciding with this news, the company has also announced Intel Xeon Phi as the new brand name for all future Intel Many Integrated Core architecture based products. The first generation of Xeon Phi coprocessors codenamed 'Knights Corner' is scheduled for volume production by the end of 2012. "As we add Intel Xeon Phi products to our portfolio, scientists, engineers and IT professionals will experience breakthrough levels of performance to effectively address challenges ranging from climate change to risk management," said Raj Hazra, Intel vp and general manager of the technical computing at data centre and connected systems group.