Over at VR-Zone, Theo Valich writes that China has plans to build a 100 Petaflop supercomputer in the next 18 months with approximately 100,000 Ivy Bridge-EP based Xeon E5 cpus and 100,000 Xeon Phi coprocessors. But considering that the budget for the system is only $100 million, it looks like Intel bought the deal for prestige.
If we leave financials aside, the Chinese supercomputer will be a majestic rig indeed, with over 200,000 pieces of silicon processing weather simulations, calculating Chinese space projects (manned missons to the Moon by 2020, Mars by 2025), and many more. However, one thing is clear – Xeon Phi is not going anywhere and Intel’s sales team will fight with every mean possible to increase the market share, even if that means giving the parts completely for free, which is what they did with an unnamed Wall Street financial institution.
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