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An anonymous reader writes: The massively parallel Xeon Phi is now shipping, but only on a PCIe board! GoParallel says that Intel's lead in supercomputing will get a boost, but why isn't Intel making the chip available. The 60-core Xeon Phi chip is light years ahead in x86 program execution, but you need a Xeon-based server or workstation to use it. Why doesn't Intel sell the chip alone, so that all types of supercomputer class devices can be built by we geeks?
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  • The Xeon Phi isn't a CPU, its a co-processor (much like a graphics accelerator).
    The thing isn't built to run entire programs, but instead to be fed large calculations by its main processor (just like a GPU).
    Wait another 10 years. In 10 years, the largest supercomputers in the world will be ARM based. While the latest ARM CPU (the Cortex A15) is still somewhat underpowered, its power x performance and performance x cost ratio kicks Intel's ass by leaps and bounds, unlike Intel that is running at the limit of

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