SGI Announces Software Support for Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM)

SGI Announces Software Support for Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM)

SGI Offers Coprocessor Support in Both Hardware and Software Offerings

FREMONT, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing, today announced the availability of SGI
software tools that enable customers and software developers to get the most
value from the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor. Additionally, SGI is engaged in
software development activities with third party software providers to build
and test optimized applications that take advantage of the new coprocessor
technology. By combining the power of Intel Xeon Phi, which offers over one
teraflop double-precision performance per coprocessor^1 with SGI's leading
server platforms, customers can now take advantage of dramatic performance
improvements for parallel workloads in an x86 programming model.

SGI UPC (Unified Parallel C) compiler, the first UPC compiler for Intel Xeon
Phi, supports MPSS, the coprocessor software stack. It enables PGAS
programming on SGI servers running Intel Xeon Phi. SGI UPC supports
applications in native and offload modes. SGI MPInside, an advanced profiling
and performance analysis tool that helps developers find bottlenecks in MPI
code, now also runs on Intel Xeon Phi. SGI MPInside provides developers key
capabilities to improve MPI application performance enabling "what-if" studies
to project how code will perform on future architectures.

SGI is working with its large ecosystem of customers and ISV partners to
optimize existing software applications to take advantage of the performance
improvements provided by Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. ISVs such as ESI Group
(OpenFOAM), Multipath (FMSlib) and key customers such as the Irish Center for
High End Computing (ICHEC) and others have joined with SGI and Intel to take
full advantage of the new coprocessor capabilities.

"The Intel Xeon Phi platform has proven to be the most productive many-core
environment that I have worked with. During our last collaborative project
with SGI on this platform, a researcher's application was successfully ported
in just a few hours using standard OpenMP directives and achieved over 99.9%
parallel efficiency," said Gilles Civario, senior software architect, Irish
Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC). "One of the key features of the Intel
Xeon Phi is its ease of use, making many-core processing accessible to users
who would otherwise avoid such technology. As a national HPC service provider,
this is also a very important aspect of Intel's latest technology."

For scale-out, scale-up and hybrid deployments, SGI provides everything needed
for a complete Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor solution including
factory-integrated hardware and software "starter kits" and worldwide support
and services complemented by the subject matter know-how of fifty experts
across many application disciplines and fields of science. With SGI Management
Center Premium Edition, the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor can be monitored and
managed using an interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) that also manages
all the other system components.

"To maximize the performance benefits of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor,
customers not only require the best hardware platform but also software that
is built and engineered for it," said Christian Tanasescu, vice president of
applications and solutions engineering, SGI. "SGI provides the complete
solution as well as continues to invest in enabling the ecosystem to provide
ongoing software offerings for Intel Xeon Phi."

SGI supports Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors across all server products and is a
leading provider of performance with Intel Xeon Phi. SGI offers the highest
Linpack efficiency for 32GB memory per node^1. Also, SGI® UV™ with Intel Xeon
Phi is the most scalable coprocessor system available today, scaling up to
4,096 cores and 64TB of memory. SGI UV is the only system on the market that
can support 32 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors in a single system image, which can
add 50 teraflops of sustained SGEMM performance in a single node^2. This
configuration also drives in excess of 190GB/s of data transfer bandwidth
across the PCIe interfaces to system memory, an unmatched level of I/O
performance for a single system in the industry^3.

SGI UV, the Big Brain computer, can accelerate a range of compute and
data-intensive applications, in a single system image, operating just like a
workstation. This makes SGI UV easy to manage, which is especially important
when programming in a hybrid CPU and coprocessor environment.

"HPC customers require technology not only to deliver the best processing and
energy efficiency, but also to speed advanced codes and algorithms to
deployment," said Raj Hazra, Intel VP and GM of the Technical Computing Group.
"SGI's UPC compiler is leveraging the familiar programming model of Intel Xeon
Phi coprocessors. This allows customers to instantly take advantage of Intel's
new many-core technology when reusing the existing code and to achieve
expected increase in performance."


SGI UPC and SGI MPInside and supported SGI hardware platforms for Intel Xeon
Phi 5110p are available today.

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^1 212.9 TF on 128 nodes with 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 and 2x Intel Xeon Phi
5110P with 32 GB per compute node, 70.6% overall efficiency (includes
processors and coprocessors).

^2 50.1 TF on SGI UV 2000 with 32x Intel Xeon E5-2670 and 32x Intel Xeon Phi
5110P, offload mode.

^3 >190GB/s PCIe bandwidth achieved on SGI UV 2000 with 32x Intel Xeon E5-2670
and 32x Intel Xeon Phi 5110P, offload mode.

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