Intel has unveiled a new processor designed for large computing centers which will be its first to utilize artificial intelligence (AI).
The chipmaker showcased the Nervana neural network processors, with the NNP-T for training and the NNP-I for inference, at the “Hot Chips 2019” conference at Stanford University in California on Tuesday.
Intel said its first AI product comes after it had invested in Israeli AI startups, including Habana Labs and NeuroBlade. The chip was developed at the company’s development facility in Israel’s northern city of Haifa. According to Intel, Facebook has already begun using the product.
The Nervana NNP-T, codenamed Spring Crest, will be used for training and comes with 24 Tensor processing clusters that have been specifically designed to power neural networks. The Nervana NNP-I, codenamed Spring Hill, is the company’s inference SoC that uses its 10-nanometer process technology along with Ice Lake cores to help users deploy trained AI systems.
“To get to a future state of ‘AI everywhere,’ we’ll need to address the crush of data being generated and ensure enterprises are empowered to make efficient use of their data, processing it where it’s collected when it makes sense and making smarter use of their upstream resources. Data centers and the cloud need to have access to performant and scalable general purpose computing and specialized acceleration for complex AI applications. In this future vision of AI everywhere, a holistic approach is needed – from hardware to software to applications.”
[Sources: Tech Radar, Reuters, Times Now News]