Next Mac Pro to Feature Intel's Xeon Phi?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 24Frames, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. 24Frames macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2012
  2. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    We have not seen Tesla for Macs either so I say no.

    Are Macs still used for HPC these days?
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  5. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    On factor in that though is the Tesla cards bust the thermal/power budget if the typically standard configuration GPU card is left in the Mac Pro.

    It would be more likely if they were changing the design to boost the power/thermal budget of the PCI-e card thermal zone. There would likely be moaning and groaning because couldn't put them in older Mac Pros, but going forward if Apple widened the range of the power supplied to the PCI-e cards they could loop these in.

    It really depends upon whether Apple wants to "grow" the workstation market or not. Co-processor/GPGPU workstations is where there will be substantive growth in the workstation market.
    Workstations taking on tougher problems. Chasing the apps from the last decade is only going to increasingly shift to iMacs over time.

    As workstations where you try out the code on a smaller scale ( develop/test/debug cycle) before going to bigger boxes, yes. For problems that fit on a single workstation, yes. As a multiple node grid/cluster "supercomputer" , generally no. [ there pockets where folks are doing grids "just because" it is convenient or had done previous Mac oriented ones, but it isn't a major component of the cluster HPC market. ]

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