ASEArch - Algorithms and Software for Emerging Architectures



Personal opinion (Mike Giles)

Intel is clearly the dominant vendor in the industry and so everything they do is of interest. 

Application developers need to be aware of the importance of vectorisation on the mainstream Xeon chips.  As the vector length increases steadily (with plans already to go to 512-bits) developers will be throwing away a lot of the chip's performance if their codes do not vectorise.

Currently, I think the Xeon Phi product (both hardware and software) is immature, but the next generation 'Knights Landing' product may be more interesting.  The integration of stacked memory and networking is definitely an important trend for the future.

The Xeon D article was added because it represents an interesting alternative future for HPC, with large systems built of huge numbers of very small SoC (system-on-chip) chips.  At present this does not look very likely, but it's definitely possible, and worth keeping an eye on.  The success of chips like this will also be very important as Intel fights the challenge from ARM in the area of low power chips.