Did you know the Intel Xeon Phi 7200 Coprocessor product? Yes the descendants of the Larrabee GPU project that otherwise failed by Intel is reportedly now retired or in other words has been discontinued existence.
Surprising news that spread online is allegedly derived from Intel itself is known as the party authorized for it. Indeed the announcement appears to have been published through one of Intel’s forum postings, such as what is shown by Phoronix, a news blog that is very fond of Linux.
In the existing forum, the responder seemed to complain about the loss of all references related to the Intel Xeon Phi 7200 Coprocessor from Intel’s official website, including with the presence of MPSS 4.0 software. Meanwhile, one of Intel’s representatives finally responded and confirmed that the termination of product support Intel Xeon Phi 7200 Coprocessor (code-named Knights Landing Coprocessor) from the market as the impact of the ongoing product evaluation process to provide the best solution to the challenges of consumers to ahead of him.
With the rapid adoption of the Intel Xeon Phi 7200 processor, Intel has decided not to use the Knights Landing Coprocessor to the general market. The existence of the Intel Xeon Phi processor remains a key element of the solution portfolio presented by Intel to provide its customers the most compelling and competitive solution.
Xeon Phi Knights Landing processor comes in two flavors, namely: LGA 3647 socket host processor and Add-In Card (AIC) on PCIe installed. Intel designed Knights Mill products to handle a wide range of AI and HPC workloads.
The development itself was not entirely unexpected. At the beginning of the Knight Landing launch, Intel even had time to estimate that at least more than 50% of customers prefer the host processor variant. Realizing that, the existence of socket processors is judged to have several important advantages over the AIC model, such as the bootability capabilities and options for the 100Gb / s integrated Omni-Path structure.
Knights Landing is the first product to enter the market using a new mesh topology from Intel, which connects 72 quad-threaded Silvermont-derived cores into a cohesive unit. The new mesh topology has now been filtered into Intel Purley and Skylake-X processors.
Meanwhile, Intel has a new Knights Mill products that go into the market, but Intel still seems not want to reveal the number of cores that will diusungnya. Obviously, the Knights Mill family is only present as a host processor, and not on the AIC form factor.
Intel has many options to handle everything related to machine learning tasks, including the Xilinx FPGA, Nervana ASIC, and Knights Landing host processors. Still putting Intel’s hopes on the existence of host processors so far, it seems to imply that the Xeon Phi processor will remain an important part of Intel’s portfolio that may at times be re-presented.