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  • firstofmany firstofmany Nov 25, 2012 12:16 PM Flag

    Xeon Phi - Intel's very overlooked $2k wildcard

    Phi is a niche. Selling one million units a year would mean something like one in every fifteen server CPUs would be a Phi - that probably won't happen for a long time. Phi looks like a defensive product, an attempt to keep GPGPUs at bay, but initially may not even be making a net profit.

    Of course, supercomputing is the one area where Wallis's dream of a huge fabrication win really means something. The trouble is, even if they win the same 94% of the supercomputing CPU market Intel has in the overall server market it isn't enough to pump up the stock price. Intel either figures out mobile computing or IMO there's a good chance they will be a future division of Qualcomm or some other company that has. Unless Intel's market cap goes up in two years Apple will be able to buy them, for cash.

    Sentiment: Sell

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    • The Texas TACC Stampede will be configured with 6,400 Dell DCS Zeus compute nodes, each with two 2.7 GHz E5-2680 Intel Xeon (Sandy Bridge EP) processors. It is targeted to have 6,400 PHI. They have connected 1 PHI for each Sandy Bridge EP. The PHI bandwidth probably makes it impractical to connect more than 1 per CPU. I don't know what the real phyical limit is.

      The population of sockets is not, however, limited to servers. There are workstations too. Gamers? Is Intel working with game developers? There will also be substantial price elasticity. The PCI add in board will find additional installations as they are able to drop the price. Workstations are also targets.

      The Intel C and Fortran compilers will make it easy for people to build code that take full advantage of the PHI and capture near 100% of its compute capability. MATLAB, simulations, modeling, ...

      I have an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge desktop and I have been watching for PHI to hit retail and drop to my price point. I am cheap so it will be awhile but I can put it on my Wish list.

    • AAPL is overated , the stock dropped from 700$ to 500$,
      people realizing APple products are pure hype .

      Surface with Intel chip is the new king.

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