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ADVANCED COMPUTER CONCEPTS FOR THE (NOT SO) COMMON CHEF: INTRODUCTION

 

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ADVANCED COMPUTER CONCEPTS FOR THE (NOT SO) COMMON CHEF

While talking to a very intelligent but non-engineer colleague, I found myself needing to explain the threading and other components of the Intel® Xeon Phi™ ⅹ100 and ⅹ200 architectures. The first topic that came up was hyper-threading, and more specifically, the coprocessor’s version of hyper-threading. Wracking my brain, I finally hit upon an analogy that seemed to suit: the common kitchen.

Submissions open: High Performance Parallelism Gems

We have all had our little discoveries and triumphs in identifying new and innovative approaches that increased the performance of our applications. Occasionally we find something more, something that could also help others, an innovative gem. You now have an opportunity to broadcast your successes more widely to the benefit of our community. You are invited to submit a proposal to a contribution-based book, working title, “High Performance Parallelism Gems – Successful Approaches for Multicore and Many-core Programming” that will focus on practical techniques for Intel® Xeon® processor and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor parallel computing. Submissions are due by May 29, 2014.

Power Management: So what is this policy thing?

Unlike a lot of previous recent blogs, this series is about power management in general. At the very end of the series, I’ll write specifically about the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor.

I have talked incessantly over the years about power states (e.g. P-states and C-states), and how the processor transitions from one state to another. For a list of previous blogs in this series, and well as other related blogs on power and power management, see the article at [List0]. But I have left out an important component of power management, namely the policy.

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