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Intel inside... Cray?

April 29, 2008

When petaflop processing power just isn't enough, where do you turn? When you can't be bothered to follow Moore's Law, how do you skirt the law?

According to HPCwire's Michael Feldman, you go manycore. A shared vision of manycore technology was what drove Intel and Cray into a research and development embrace.

Cray isn't dumping its realtionship with AMD, but Cray was apparently drawn to Intel's QuickPath Interconnect technology, its expertise in multithreaded software tools, and its -- well, its being Intel.

Intel gets from the deal some cred in high-performance computing, something they had lost a bit of a couple of years back.

Intel's Kirk Skaugen, GM of its Server Platforms Group, hints at an Intel-Cray supercomputer in the 2012 timeframe that will outperform all of today's top 500 supercomputers in the world put together.

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