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Adding Xeon Phi processors has brought a supercomputer run by Italy’s non-profit Cineca  a 6.2 petaflop rating

Italy’s new Intel Xeon-based Marconi supercomputer, which reaches 6.2 petaflops-per-second, is currently ranked the 12th fastest supercomputer in the world – and it’s about to get even faster.

Cineca, a non-profit made up of 70 Italian universities, six Italian research institutes and the Italian Ministry of Education, initially built a 1.7-petaflop preliminary system in early 2016 that’s powered by Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors.

More recently, as part of the supercomputer’s second phase, the organization upgraded Marconi with Intel Xeon Phi “Knights Landing” processors, boosting its speeds to 6.2 petaflops-per-second, according to a recent InsideHPC story. With the upgrade, the supercomputer moved to No. 12 on the Top500 list in November.

Cineca plans more upgrades in the future. By next July, the organization plans to triple the supercomputer’s power – to about 20 petaflops – with future-generation Intel Xeon processors, according to the organization’s website.

The Marconi supercomputer, built using Lenovo technology, provides high-performance computing resources to researchers who are pursuing research projects on physics, chemistry, astronomy, medicine and urban planning, the story said.

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Wylie Wong, Slashdot Media Contributing Editor