How do you think Intel MIC architecture will be embraced by the HPC industry for high frequency trading? Which applications will be impacted the most? Do you think MIC will really offer an alternative to x86 for HPC?
TACC symposium and programming two SMP on a chip devices
I really think it all breaks down to MIC’s performance against the hardware that is currently being used in this application space. Any “processor” whether MIC or GPU that can be streamlined to run code compiled for it and not have to worry about handling any of the other systems functions is a great tool, … If it can be run parallel w/ Error correcting and out perform whats on the market now im sure that MIC will make a huge impact on the HPC market.
I’m quite excited to see it in action, Intel has made some extremely major changes to their products over the past few years and dramatically improved their performance and anything to make their products even faster is a better thing.
I don’t see it as an “alternative” for x86 HPC, but more of an additional tool for HPC.
I guess in a real way you are correct that it may not necessarily need to be an alternative to x86 for HPC… especially because, in theory, x86 codes will recompile w/o changes and be able to run on MIC. I think this is key to adoption of MIC, whereas with FPGAs and GPUs (to some degree) you have to rewrite your code.
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