Windows* early enabling for Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors

*** UPDATE September 2013 - PLEASE READ ***

This Beta program is officially closed, as a production version of the software drivers, and supporting Intel(R) compilers are now available.   Here is where to get each:


Therefore, the remainder of this article is no longer current.   

If you have questions, please contact us through our community forum at:


We are excited to announce the release of Beta software drivers and development tools for you to run Windows* on Intel® Xeon® processor based hosts installed with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors.

We are making this software available early for those of you indicated that you want to invest time in pathfinding:  as stated above, the software (drivers, compilers and Intel® VTune Amplifier XE 2013) are all Beta and the overall experience running with this platform combination is in an early stage. Moreover, the Windows hosted model hasn’t been tested on many OEM hardware configurations, thus you might encounter problems on hardware we haven’t tested yet.

Here are the things you should know:

  • Microsoft* Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 (64-bit), Windows 8 Enterprise (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2012 (64-bit) are the versions that can run on the Intel® Xeon® processor based host containing the Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor. The coprocessor will still be running a modified card OS based on Linux*. This card OS will get installed when you apply the drivers (mentioned below)
  • Get Hardware: Consult this list to see what OEM hardware providers sell systems with Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor. If you are considering using a remote cluster running Windows, you can ask your remote cluster provider if they are willing to support a small grouping of systems with this configuration, but be aware this may not be possible.

Get Started


  • Programming (how to get the product working, known limitations, etc). Also check the Quick-start Guide (above)
  • Windows* developers guide (Debugging, Analysis, etc..): currently being developed. Keep checking this page for updates.

Issues or Questions?

    • If you run 3rd party software that does not run on  Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors, we encourage you to contact your software vendor to let them know your needs.
    • If you run into bugs/issues with drivers or Intel development software, we ask that you characterize the issue as much as possible. If the problem can be reproduced repeatedly, and you have the steps to reproduce clearly documented, you can report it to us through Intel® Premier Support.   Note again that access to report these bugs can happen only after you've registered for the product.
      • Driver Issues can be reported as follows:
        • Go to
        • Log in to the site. Your username and password are case-sensitive.
        • Select "Submit Issues" on the left navigation bar.
        • Select "Development Environment (tools, SDV, EAP)" from the "Product Type" drop-down list.
        • Select the "Intel® MPSS for Windows*" Product Name.
        • Complete the fields in the windows that follow to report the issue.
      • Software Development Product Issues can be reported as follows:
        • Log in to Your username and password are case-sensitive.
        • Select "Submit Issues" on the left navigation bar.
        • In the "Submit Issue" page, select the following product queues to submit your issue or question to the appropriate product name:
          • Beta Intel® Fortran Composer XE 2013 SP1 for Windows* (for issues with Fortran compiler)
          • Beta Intel® C++ Composer XE 2013 SP1 for Windows* (for issues with C++ compiler)
          • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier XE (for issues with VTune Amplifier XE)    (if using this product)
  • For Questions, If the problem cannot be reproduced or you are looking for answers, please consult the Community forum. Because you are pioneering this environment, we look forward to you collaborating with us to ask questions related to this setup and answer questions from others in the forum.


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