by Anton Shilov, Xbitlabs
David Kirk, an Nvidia Corp. fellow and the former chief scientist of the graphics company, admitted that heterogeneous computing architecture is the most efficient since it allows to process all types of data in the best way. But Mr. Kirk is not sure that Intel Corp., which is developing its multi-core code-named Knights Corner accelerator for high-performance computing will succeed in creating a viable heterogeneous multi-core platform.
At present many companies working in the fields of oil and gas exploration, seismic processing financial services and other are employing graphics processing units (GPUs) and/or special compute accelerators or their base (such as AMD FireStream and Nvidia Tesla) for high-performance computing (HPC) instead of traditional central processing units (CPUs). Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of microprocessors, failed to deliver its own graphics chip code-named Larrabee and is currently working on the code-named Knights Corner chip that will combine many-core architecture with x86 compatibility. Still, in order to run modern operating systems traditional CPUs will be required and Mr. Kirk does not expect them to disappear.