Beyond processors, Intel is making other advances in high-performance computing. Intel will facilitate faster communication between computing units and storage in supercomputers by using light as a data-transfer mechanism. Intel will also use new forms of memory such as DDR4 and Hybrid Memory Cube to speed up task execution and data throughput.
Knights chips compete with graphics processors from Nvidia, which are also used in supercomputers to speed up scientific and math applications.
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