Intel Explains “What Knights Landing Is Not”

Posted on June 20, 2016

Intel Knights LandingLater this week Intel will unveil the newest member of the Intel Xeon Phi family, code named Knights Landing. In advance of the release, Intel’s James Reinders has written a primer that explains “What Knights Landing is Not.”

Reinders writes: “I have found that everything is clear, when we really understand that Knights Landing is an Intel processor. That makes it NOT Knights Corner. That makes it NOT a GPU. That makes it NOT a PCIe limited accelerator. That makes it NOT force large, new, and unique investments in software programming. Perhaps everything is most clear when we discuss what it is and what it is not.”

Here’s what Knights Landing is NOT:

  • It is not Knights Corner, which was a coprocessor. Knights Landing, as a processor, is an easy upgrade for a Knights Corner user.
  • Knights Landing is NOT a GPU. It is a full-fledged Intel processor.
  • Knights Landing is NOT going to invalidate prior processor coding efforts. It’s a full processor that has up to 72 cores.

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