How Intel secured the Chinese Supercomputer Deal (feat. Ivy Bridge-EP + Xeon Phi)
Originally Posted by Alatar
It's not dead at all.
It' powering the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Right above the GK110 based Tesla K20Xs at oak ridge.
After they started targeting really big die sizes (larrabee was the biggest semiconductor chip ever produced, in the 700mm^2 range) they just transitioned to HPC products and many core x86 based designs. The project just changed from something that could have been used as a graphics chip as well to something that's a purely HPC design.
Edited by Serios - 6/27/13 at 5:32am
Following the TACC deal, where Intel sold the Xeon Phi boards for mediocre $400, the calculation for this deal is even worse. According to sources in the know, the processors are going for less than $300, while Xeon Phis will also fit the sub $300 bracket. This deal will net less than $250 per piece of silicon. When you look at the pricing model, it is clear as day that Intel won't even cover the manufacturing cost – but this is a prestige deal, after all. Also, they will earn some nice dollars off the special warranty arrangements.