Intel's Groveport Platform

By: anon (, April 17, 2017 10:39 pm
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Brendan ( on April 17, 2017 8:31 pm wrote:
> Hi,
> anon ( on April 17, 2017 6:32 pm wrote:
> > Brendan ( on April 17, 2017 5:35 pm wrote:
> > > Michael S ( on April 17, 2017 4:18 pm wrote:
> > > > Brendan ( on April 17, 2017 3:13 pm wrote:
> > > > > > IMHO, it's bloody obvious than if KNL has any chance at all to be competitive against "normal" Xeon
> > > > > > on non-HPC loads then it's *only* when there is a lot of parallel tasks ready all the time. *Much* more
> > > > > > tasks than mere 32 that are needed for full utilization of a pair of hyperthreaded 8-core Xeons.
> > > > >
> > > > > Yes; and it would be extremely foolish to assume that HPC
> > > > > is the only case where there is a lot of parallel tasks.
> > > >
> > > > But HPC, at least some classes of it, is the one of the few tasks, and likely the most important among them
> > > > by far, where KNL's dual 512-bit SIMD units can be advantageous.
> > > > Very-high-bandwidth, but not very low latency,
> > > > HMC-alike memory is also advantageous only for relatively small class of non-HPC workloads.
> > >
> > > Um, what?
> > >
> > > HPC is mostly "same as mainstream, just more of it",
> >
> > It isn't really. Unless you define mainstream so broadly it doesn't mean anything.
> How else can "mainstream" be defined?

Probably wrong wording on my behalf. Doesn't matter how broad or narrow you define mainstream, HPC is never "mostly same as mainstream, just more of it". You can reasonably define it so regular vectorizable parallel DFLOPS is a subset of mainstream, but that doesn't make HPC the same as it.

> > > > No, i didn't say anything like that. KNL is definitely much faster than dual-2620v4 on vectorizable FP, and
> > > > even somewhat faster (not a lot, 15% or so) at SPECFp2006_rate, probably due to great memory bandwidth.
> > > > But you were talking about workloads that resemble SPECInt_rate, don't you?
> > >
> > > I threw a mixed bag of everything out there (from compilers to amateur CPU generated animated movies).
> >
> > None of those you listed would want a Xeon Phi.
> >
> > Not an office with 40 thin clients could use Xeon Phi.
> Depends what the office workers actually do.

Yes, but you implied a general thin client server and presumably associated network and storage processing, which Phi is *not* suited to. If they also have significant FP compute requirement, then what is it? That is what's relevant, not the thin client part.

> > Not a game developer who wants to support MCDRAM and AVX512 (they will wait at least until
> > it is in high end consumer stuff, if they are serious developers and want to support it
> > before that, Intel will provide engineering samples 6 months or so before release).
> High end consumer stuff?


> High bandwidth on-chip RAM

Doesn't need specific support beyond what's mostly already there. Some tuning perhaps, which obviously is not the same from Phi to a PC CPU.

> and AVX512 will probably
> both be in entry level notebooks by the end of the year. It takes years to
> produce a game engine - "6 months sooner" is about 2 years too late.

It does not take years to port already vectorized codepaths new vector instructions, or to use updated libraries or compilers. Also games all come out with patches now.

And if they want to use the instructions they can likely already get Xeon engineering samples which would be much better to work with. I can't remember the lead time that I got engineering samples from Intel back a few years ago when I was working on an open source project they took an interest in. Probably 3-6 months, but I was absolute bottom tier. Serious partners and ISVs could get first tapeout samples I'm sure.

> > Not software developers that want to use Xeon Phi as "single server compile farm".
> Many separate processes (with near zero scalability problems between them) with compilers that can
> be memory bandwidth sensitive? Throw in some compile-time calculation for some large arrays and a few
> "floating point heavy" units tests? I wouldn't assume Xeon Phi couldn't be beneficial for some.

I doubt it really, compared with a bunch of cheap low end Xeons. And if you had serious FP tests to run, you would presumably want to run them on the same instruction set.

> > Not a game console called Playstation Pro Extreme.
> I was mostly joking about that (due to Playstation 3's use
> of Cell, and people using them for cheap HPC clusters).
> > Only possible one is amateur rendering videos, but they already have a decent GPU or
> > two with their rendering software running on it, so they won't pay for a Xeon Phi.
> Most high-quality rendering for film doesn't use GPU for various reasons (see
> ).

I thought you said amateur video rendering. High end rendering for film is not really what I would call mainstream. Actually if you had to put it in a box, it fits HPC better.

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