01 Jun Intel Shows Off Its AI Chips And Chops

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Intel held its inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Developers Conference in San Francisco on May 23-24th, presenting its leadership, technologies, and customers to a capacity audience of some 800 AI geeks and media. The company now has a rich portfolio of AI technologies, after acquiring Movidius and MobileEye for real-time processing, Altera for reprogrammable FPGA acceleration […]

22 May Intel OpenVINO: Funny Name, Great Strategy

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Over the last several years, Intel  has acquired four companies to go after the AI market: Nervana, Movidius, MobileEye, and Altera. Now the company has announced a new software strategy to unify these offerings for the application developer. While there is still much work to be done, Intel’s inference strategy looks pretty solid and should […]

14 May Is NVIDIA Unstoppable In AI?

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In NVIDIA ’s Q1 2019 quarter, the company once again exceeded expectations, reporting a 66% growth in total revenue, including 71% growth in its red-hot datacenter business (reaching $701M for the quarter). For NVIDIA, the “Datacenter” segment includes High-Performance Computing (HPC), datacenter-hosted graphics, and AI acceleration. While that is certainly an impressive growth rate, it is smaller than […]

19 Apr AMD And Cray Join Forces To Bring EPYC To HPC

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Cray and AMD have announced the availability of AMD EPYC 32-core CPUs on the supercomputer company’s midrange cluster system, the Cray CS500. AMD has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Cray, supplying Opteron processors in big iron Cray supercomputers such as that deployed in the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA) Blue Waters at the University […]

29 Mar Arm Chooses NVIDIA Open-Source CNN AI Chip Technology

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A few weeks ago, we covered ARM’s announcement that it would be delivering a suite of AI hardware IP for Deep Learning, called Project Trillium. ARM announced at the time that third party IP could be integrated with the Trillium platform, and now ARM and NVIDIA have teamed up to do just that. Specifically the […]

27 Mar NVIDIA VR + AI = Billions Of Miles Of Virtual Driving

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NVIDIA announced today that it has combined its historical strength in high-performance 3D graphics with its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to create a cloud-based platform for simulating and testing the driving operations of autonomous vehicles. By enabling developers to virtualize the closed-loop system of sensors, image processing, routing, and driving controls, the company’s new DRIVE […]

26 Mar Xilinx Everest: Enabling FPGA Acceleration With ACAP

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Xilinx , the leading vendor for Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips, has announced its widely-expected 7nm generation architecture, called Everest, targeting datacenter acceleration applications as well as AI, IOT and the company’s traditional markets. While most market observers expected Xilinx to beat Intel (Altera) to the 7nm milestone, the scope of the Everest program […]

02 Mar Qualcomm’s Smart AI Strategy: Scalable Software For Scalable Devices

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Just before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) confab, where techies meet to enjoy tapas in Barcelona while learning about all things mobile, Qualcomm announced a new software suite. These new offerings seek to enable AI capabilities on existing Snapdragon mobile platforms. While most training of Deep Neural Networks is done in the cloud on NVIDIA […]

14 Feb Arm Throws Their Axe Into The AI Ocean With Project Trillium

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Arm’s OD and ML processors work together to find and identify faces. This blog was co-written by Patrick Moorhead, President and Principal Analyst and Karl Freund, Sr. Analyst, Machine Learning and HPC, Moor Insights & Strategy. Machine learning is the hottest thing in tech right now; hotter than smartphones, hotter than virtual reality, even hotter than […]

13 Feb Google Announces Expensive Cloud TPU Availability

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Google  recently announced that the Google Cloud TPU (announced last May), is now available in limited quantities as a beta on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for running TensorFlow-based AI applications. Clearly, the search giant is excited about its shiny new device, which the company has claimed will substantially reduce its datacenter footprint and cost […]

17 Jan Google, Microsoft, And Amazon Place Bets On AI In The Enterprise

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Google just announced significant enhancements to its machine learning services (MLaaS), attempting to close the significant competitive gap that Microsoft  has enjoyed, in my opinion, for the last year or so. Not to be left out, Amazon.com AWS announced the company’s own new MLaaS tools and services at AWS Re:Invent last November, trying to court […]

05 Jan Ten Predictions For AI Silicon In 2018

2017 was an exciting year for fans and adopters of AI. As we enter 2018, I wanted to take a look at what lies ahead. One thing is certain: we’ve barely just begun on this journey and there will be great successes and monumental failures in the year to come. Before I dive into the […]

14 Nov What’s Hot At SC17: The Synthesis Of Machine Learning & HPC

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High Performance Computing (HPC) has historically depended on numerical analysis to solve physics equations, simulating the behavior of systems from the subatomic to galactic scale. Recently, however, scientists have begun experimenting with a completely different approach. It turns out that Machine Learning (ML) models can be far more efficient and even more accurate than the […]

27 Oct Amazon And NVIDIA Simplify Machine Learning

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NVIDIA and Amazon.com have announced new Machine Learning software stacks in the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC), and a new 8 Volta GPU EC2 instance for immediate availability, respectively. While this announcement was completely expected, it is an important milestone along the road to simplifying and lowering the costs of Machine Learning development and deployment for AI […]

17 Oct Startup Accelize Simplifies FPGA Acceleration

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FPGAs have been the hot new topic in data center discussions, ever since Microsoft shared their FPGA successes at the HotChips conference in August. Xilinx  and Amazon Web Services continued to amp up the buzz by partnering with IP providers such as Edico Genome, Ryft Systems Inc., and NGCodec Inc., to deliver acceleration-as-a-service with Amazon […]

28 Sep NVIDIA Targets Next AI Frontiers: Inference And China

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NVIDIA’s meteoric growth in the datacenter, where its business is now generating some $1.6B annually, has been largely driven by the demand to train deep neural networks for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)—an area where the computational requirements are simply mindboggling. Much of this business is coming from the largest datacenters in the […]

27 Sep Amazon And Xilinx Deliver New FPGA Solutions

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Datacenter adoption of FPGAs for workload acceleration has been a hot topic of late—especially after Microsoft announced significant gains in its datacenter at the Hot Chips conference in August. However, due to the rare skillset these reconfigurable silicon platforms demand, widespread adoption has been slow to materialize outside of Microsoft . I believe that might […]

28 Aug Microsoft: FPGA Wins Versus Google TPUs For AI

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The Microsoft Brainwave mezzanine card extends each server with an Intel Altera Stratix 10 FPGA accelerator, synthesized to act as a “Soft DNN Processing Unit,” or DPU, and a fabric interconnect that enables datacenter-scale persistent neural networks. At the recent Hot Chips conference, three of the world’s largest datacenter companies detailed projects that exploit Field […]

04 Aug Will ASIC Chips Become The Next Big Thing In AI?

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When Google announced its second generation of ASICs to accelerate the company’s machine learning processing, my phone started ringing off the hook with questions about the potential impact on the semiconductor industry. Would the other members of the Super 7, the world’s largest datacenters, all rush to build their own chips for AI? How might […]

17 Jul Microsoft Finds Its AI Voice

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Microsoft held an intimate analyst and press event in London this week, coincident with the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Cambridge Research Lab, the European hub led by Professor Christopher Bishop. Microsoft now employs over 7,000 Artificial Intelligence (AI) research scientists and development engineers around the world under Microsoft Research (MSR) Executive VP […]