Intel’s first Many Integrated Core (MIC) microprocessor is now just months away from its commercial debut. On Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’12) in Hamburg, Intel announced that Knights Corner, the company’s first manycore product, would be in production before the end of 2012. The company also released a few more details about the upcoming product line, including the creation of a new Xeon brand for the architecture, some performance updates on pre-production silicon, and Cray’s adoption of MIC as part of its future Cascade supercomputer.
This was not a Knights Corner launch, however. With the plans now set for the chip to go into production before the end of the year, more than likely that means Intel will debut the product, in all its manycore glory, at SC12 in November. NVIDIA’s big Kepler GPU, the K20, is also expected to launch around this time, setting the stage for an MIC-GPU shootout in Q4.