Monday, December 7th 2009

Intel Larrabee Fails as a GPU Project

Intel's ambitious attempts at building a discrete GPU have been shelved, as reports emerge of the company canceling the silicon's first implementation as a GPU, but rather as a "software development platform for internal and external use." In a statement issued to, Intel spokesperson Nick Knupffer explained the company's current position of Larrabee, saying that development of Larrabee's silicon (the chip) and software were behind schedules. "Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we hoped to be at this point in the project," he said. "As a result, our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a stand-alone, discrete graphics product, rather it will be used as a software development platform for internal and external use."

Larrabee as a discrete GPU made a lot of news in its short public-life, it was given much credibility as it was coming from Intel, an IT industry heavyweight. Earlier this year, Intel demonstrated a Larrabee-based product (including actual product design of the "Larrabee card"), at last month's SC'09 show. The company seemed to have avoided calling it a discrete GPU, instead a "computational co-processor for the Intel Xeon and Core families." It was reasonable in calling it that, since by design, Larrabee is a many-core processor which uses 32 IA cores interconnected by caches. At SC'09, Intel demonstrated its computational power which peaked at over 1 TFLOP, but not before overclocking it.

Market analyst Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research remains optimistic. "I believe they will definitely come back. Intel's commitment has not slackened. The part is being repositioned as a HPC co-processor where I think it will do very well," he said. "They learned a whole lot from this. A whole lot. They are not going to throw that investment or knowledge away. I wouldn't be surprised to see them come back in a few years with a graphics part. Intel could decide to follow the high performance trail like AMD is doing with Fusion," he added.

The following is the SC'09 video of an HPC demonstration of Larrabee, where its computational power and product design are also shown:

Source: internetnews
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41 Comments on Intel Larrabee Fails as a GPU Project

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phanbuey said:

Eventually they'll get frustrated, give up, and buy nvidia.
Wont happen.

Im with Solaris, i called it too. There is absolutely no way a cpu, or stream of cpus, can compete with the computing power of a gpu. At least its one less name i have to hear :laugh:
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Intel knows exactly what they are doing; they embarked on a project with a projected success / failure rate, never saw it bearing fruits and are now stepping back; it happens but the lessons learnt will become valuable in the future and its a matter of years before Intel releases their own CPU / GPU >> yep, 100% 'Intel Inside'
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Hey, who remembers this bullshit?

Poor Dreamworks. What ever will they do now? :laugh:
Santa Clara (CA) - Intel is partnering with another big name to create credibility for its upcoming visual computing technology consisting of Nehalem processors and Larrabee accelerator units. DreamWorks will use Larrabee to create its first stereoscopic 3D film called Monsters vs. Aliens, which is slated for a March 2009 release.
Intel graphics :respect: AMD
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Lol, it would have been fun to run a Radeon + GeForce + Larabee setup on a Hydra powered board.:ohwell:
I think ATi must have shocked Intel (among others) when they came out swinging so hard with the 5000 series.:p
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"there is a larrabee gpu inside this case.. you cant see it but you will all have to believe me."

this guy just get back from mars?
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Solaris17 said:
i absolutely called this. i knew it.
It doesnt happen to often, atleast of what the public hears eh?
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Intel said they're not laying off the Larabee team, hopefully they'll at least put them to good use and make the GMA series suck a little less :p
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"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Larrabee GPU isn't dead yet, just delayed. I'm positive it will eventually make it to market but it may no longer carry the Larrabee name. Larrabee is an internal name anyway (much like the name of CPU cores).
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LOL. It's Intel :nutkick: competition when they publicly announced delay of product that weren't ready to compete on GPU market domintated by 7900gtx and not HD5870 series.

You give Intel too much credit LRB - Larabee is a great CPU project but LING -- Larabee is not GPU. It's a HPC TFlops cruncher which also is targeted for graphic market because of it's great roi.

And Intel get huuuuge advertisment from people drooling on Larabee ghost whispers than they would ever get if they release for real that LRB CPU instead Itanium 2 --- which is also ... delayed. For year and half now and counting.h
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FordGT90Concept said:
Larrabee GPU isn't dead yet, just delayed. I'm positive it will eventually make it to market but it may no longer carry the Larrabee name. Larrabee is an internal name anyway (much like the name of CPU cores).
It most likely will get to the market one way or the other yes. The question is how, what market and will it be competitive. Then again the latter has always been the question.
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"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Indeed, but as long as it is price competitive (cheap to manufacturer and sold for a tidy profit), you'd think Intel wouldn't really care if it were the best card out there.
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