some chi facts..
I'm going to some of the applications talks later, so see what facts there are.
But talking with one of the intel experts i asked the question "will it run linux?" as a sort of joke.
Pause. "Definitely soon."
Apparently the Chi has some sort of larabee type arrangement, and so it is 60 cores with 4 threads. The instructions are i686, which means you could probably boot some flavour of linux... I don't know but it would be interesting to see!
In biophysics (namd, gromacs) it looks as if it is about 3x a xeon. Not being a CPU bod, it would be nice to know what that details. But as scientist, faster is nice.
All in all, I went to the larrabee talk at the previous SC, and this is a nicely timed introduction...