Since HPCwire relaunched its web site over the weekend they’ve now got continuous feature stories. This one by Michael Feldman on the Intel/Cray relationship is a good one.
Intel is not talking about any specific microprocessor product line for the Cray systems, since it’s not on the chipmaker’s public roadmap yet. But it’s likely to be an Intel Architecture (IA) processor with a lot more than eight cores — something equivalent to a manycore Xeon. Since the company has already demonstrated a non-IA 80-core chip that achieves over one teraflop, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think it has plans for a commercial manycore Xeon on the drawing board, at say 22nm. Intel is also looking to extend the work it’s done with its multithreading tools and compiler technology into a manycore framework. While all this technology will be directly applicable to Cray supercomputing, Intel is also looking to apply the resulting products to lower end HPC and mainstream enterprise systems.