I do a lot of general processing of data on my desktop computer. It can be stuff like extracting timeseries of point measurements from a large number of NetCDF files, or converting csv-files into binary or making a lot of plots.
My question is, would it be useful to have a Xeon Phi for this kind of work? I try to use trivial parallelisation on my 8-core CPU whenever I can, using things like xargs to run several copies of my python scripts. Would I be able to use a Xeon Phi in the same way?
I have some experience using OpenMP and MPI on Xeon Phi, so I have an idea of how that works, but I never thought of trying it in a more interactive manner, and I only had access to one for a limited time, so I can't easily check this myself.