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During today's high performance computing workstation and server breakout at IDF, Intel took the opportunity to provide a live demonstration of their Larabee technology today in a high performance workstation showcase.  Though we're not completely sure we weren't just seeing a demonstration of the Larrabee instruction set on a high-end server of some sort (we weren't able to see inside the box), Intel did indeed provide a demo of their technology running a raytracing demo that we've seen in the past, which is a port of Id's Quake Wars artwork, full raytraced and running at a relatively high resolution from what we could tell.

Intel's Larrabee Many-Core - Block Diagram

Intel's Prototype Larrabee In Action At IDF '09

Unfortunately we don't have much more information expect that the demo looked relatively fluid, perhaps a bit pokey in spots and that Intel has begun seeding developers with Larabee systems in an effort to gain further traction with their upcoming GPU many core architecture.

So the verdict is thumbs down?

It's nice of Intel to showcase their new chip, but I think in this case they may have been a little premature. It seems their demo confused more than it wowed.

Crisis Causer

Larrabee* is still quite a while off, so it's nice for them to give us some demonstration at least.  I wish we had some performance numbers, but whatever.  This is either gonna be huge or a bust, but we'll have to wait until some time next year at the earliest.  But this is encouraging.