Xeon Phi is a main/co-processor accelerator from Intel. If features 512-bit wide vector instructions, up to 68 cores, and can yield large performance gains. Programming the Xeon Phi is challenging and requires specialized knowledge.
|Model||Generation||Launch||Cores||Threads||Clock||SIMD Width||Memory||Cache (L2)||Memory B/W|
|Xeon Phi 7120||Knights Corner||Q2 2014||61||244||1.238GHz||512bits||16GB||30.5MB||352GB/s|
|Xeon Phi 7210||Knights Landing||Q2 2016||64||256||1.3GHz||512bits||max. 384GB||32MB||102GB/s|
|Xeon Phi 7230||Knights Landing||Q2 2016||64||256||1.3GHz||512bits||max. 384GB||32MB||115.2GB/s|
|Xeon Phi 7250||Knights Landing||Q2 2016||68||272||1.4GHz||512bits||max. 384GB||34MB||115.2GB/s|
Xcelerit provides training to give clients solid background in the theoretical, software and computational aspects of Xeon Phi code optimization. Xcelerit trainers share their unique expertise to help clients port large compute-intensive code, while respecting memory constraints, and achieving large performance gains.
Even though just recompiling x86 code will generate executables that can run on the Xeon Phi, the resulting binary is far from optimal. The code has to be optimised for 60+ cores, wider vector units, simpler cache hierarchy and more. This white paper discusses the challenges involved when developing code for Xeon Phi and give practical guides on how to maximise performance.
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