intel logo blue Intel Demonstrates Ray Tracing On Knights Ferry

Do you remember Intel’s ambitious Larrabee project? You know, the one about Intel attempting to create its own x86-based GPU, only to end up canceling the project due to various issues? Well, it seems that Intel has been able to salvage something out of the project: Knight’s Ferry, a stripped down version of Larrabee specially tweaked for high-performance computing, has been found ray-tracing Wolfenstein with playable framerates.

intel logo blue Intel Demonstrates Ray Tracing On Knights Ferry

Do you remember Intel’s ambitious Larrabee project? You know, the one
about Intel attempting to create its own x86-based GPU, only to end up
canceling the project due to various issues? Well, it seems that Intel
has been able to salvage something out of the project: Knight’s Ferry, a
stripped down version of Larrabee specially tweaked for
high-performance computing.

According to an article by The Tech Report, Intel’s Daniel Pohl was busy showing off Knight’s Ferry capabilities at IDC by making use of the chip to ray-trace Id Software’s Wolfenstein. And based on the video footage posted by The Tech Report, the game, which was demonstrated at a resolution of 1280 x 720 on a notebook, was capable of reaching very playable framerates. Of course, we should point out that the game’s rendering was done in the cloud on four servers, each running the Knight’s Ferry platform.

However, Knight’s Ferry emphasis is on high-performance computing and not games, so it is unlikely that the chip will ever see any use in the mainstream market. Still, it is interesting to see how Intel has managed to re-purpose Larrabee from a GPU into a high-performance computing solution.

Source: The Tech Report