Cambridge Researchers to Leverage New Competency Center Ahead of Xeon Phi Release

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Over at TechWeek Europe, Max Smolaks writes that Dell and Intel have announced plans to open two Product Centers of Competence at the University of Cambridge to serve as testbeds for Xeon and Xeon Phi processors. The aim is to prepare the scientific community for the launch of the first generation of the Xeon Phi family of products, so this coprocessor can be used immediately as a production tool.

This initiative is expected to last for at least two years, and help improve combined threading and vectorisation – some of the biggest challenges in parallel applications. Dell says that while relatively few applications today are highly parallel, in the future they could address a wide range of important issues “ranging from climate change simulations and genetic analysis, to investment portfolio risk management and the search for new sources of energy.”

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