New information on AI and Machine Learning

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 […]

10 Jul Baidu Adds Momentum To NVIDIA’s Lead In AI

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It is not much of an exaggeration to say that Artificial Intelligence (AI), in its present form, would not be possible without NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA has enjoyed near-universal support from some of the largest adopters of Machine Learning technology, as NVIDIA’s speedy GPUs accelerate the training and use of the Deep Neural Networks that enable […]

22 May Google Cloud TPU: Strategic Implications For Google, NVIDIA And The Machine Learning Industry

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Google  announced the 2nd generation of the company’s TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU), now called the Cloud TPU, at the annual Google I/O event, wowing the industry with performance for Machine Learning that appeared to eclipse NVIDIA’s Tesla Volta GPU only one week after that chip was launched. (See below why I say “appeared”.) Unlike Google’s […]

16 May AMD Targets Machine Learning With New Radeon Vega Frontier & Optimized Software

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Advanced Micro Devices  (AMD) has shared more details about its upcoming Vega family of GPUs, as well as information regarding the progress the company has made with its open-source ROCm software stack for HPC and Machine Learning (ML). These new Vega GPUs look like they have sufficient performance to be in the same ballpark as […]

15 May Why NVIDIA Is Building Its Own TPU

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The blistering pace of innovation in artificial intelligence for image, voice, robotic and self-driving vehicle applications has been fueled, in large part, by NVIDIA’s GPU chips that deliver the massive compute power required by the underlying math required for Deep Learning. While NVIDIA continues to reap the benefits of its investments in GPUs, there has […]

11 May NVIDIA GPU Cloud: It’s Not What You May Think It Is

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NVIDIA made a slew of important announcements at its annual GPU conference today, including new hardware, new software and a new design win (Toyota) for self-driving cars. I will cover these announcements in a separate article. But one announcement in particular has created some confusion that I’d like to help clear up, and that’s the […]

13 Apr Google’s TPU For AI Is Really Fast, But Does It Matter?

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After nearly a year since the introduction of the Google TensorFlow Processing Unit, or TPU, Google has finally released detailed performance and power metrics for its in-house AI chip. The chip is impressive on many fronts, however Google understandably has no plans to sell it to its competitors, so its impact on the industry is debatable. […]

24 Mar NVIDIA Scores Yet Another GPU Cloud For AI With Tencent

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NVIDIA’s speedy GPUs and Machine Learning software have unquestionably become the gold standard for building Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. And today, NVIDIA added TenCent to their list of cloud service providers that offer access to NVIDIA hardware in their clouds for AI and other compute intensive applications. This marks a significant milestone in the global […]

17 Mar Why Intel Is Buying Mobileye, And What Does It Need To Do To Be Successful?

In a move that Intel hopes can propel it to the forefront of The Next Big Thing, Intel announced it would purchase Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles. Buying a leader to become a leader is never cheap: Intel will pay $13.3B for the firm, a 34% premium over […]

03 Mar RESEARCH PAPER: A Machine Learning Application Landscape

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2016 was a strong year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with many high tech firms claiming that they are now an “AI Company”, notably Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Tesla. In 2017, the field will broaden to include AMD, Qualcomm, and Xilinx. Moor Insights & Strategy (MI&S) expects Machine Learning based AIs […]

03 Mar A Machine Learning Landscape: Where AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm And Xilinx AI Engines Live

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Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) awareness in the press. But most people probably can’t name 3 applications for machine learning, other than self-driving cars and perhaps their voice activated assistant hiding in their phone. There’s also a lot of confusion about where the Artificial […]

06 Jan What To Expect in 2017 From AMD, INTEL, NVIDIA, XILINX And Others For Machine Learning

Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). I have opined on the 5 things to watch in AI for 2017 in another article, however the potential dynamics during 2017 in processor and accelerator semiconductors that enable this market warrant further examination. It is interesting to note […]

06 Jan Five Things To Watch In AI And Machine Learning In 2017

Without a doubt, 2016 was an amazing year for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). During the year, we saw nearly every high tech CEO claim the mantel of becoming an “AI Company”. However, only a few companies were actually able to monetize their significant investments in AI, notably Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, IBM, […]

13 Dec Amazon’s Xilinx FPGA Cloud: Why This May Be A Significant Milestone

Datacenters, especially the really big guys known as the Super 7 (Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Tencent), are experiencing significant growth in key workloads that require more performance than can squeezed out of even the fastest CPUs. Applications such as Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for Artificial Intelligences (AIs), complex data analytics, 4K live […]

21 Nov Intel Commits To Nervana Roadmap For AI; First New Architecture In Decades

Intel hosted its inaugural “AI Day” in San Francisco Thursday to highlight the company’s strategy, products and ecosystem for the fast-growing market for chips that create Artificial Intelligence (AI). I came to the event anxious to learn whether the company would be bold enough to add a new architecture to their portfolio, namely the technology […]

17 Nov NVIDIA Is Not Just Accelerating AI, It Aims To Reshape Computing

NVIDIA’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, took the stage at the annual SuperComputing conference this week to share his vision with an enthusiastic crowd. The tireless cheerleader of deep learning and datacenter acceleration foresees a brave new world of computing, enabled by Artificial Intelligence (AI), and of course accelerated by the company’s GPUs. Armed with new partnerships, […]

14 Nov Xilinx Seeks To Mainstream FPGAs In The Datacenter

Why are so many companies suddenly jumping into the datacenter accelerator game? Major chip companies such as Intel, NVIDIA and Xilinx as well as startups such as Nervana (being acquired by Intel), Wave Computing, GraphCore, KnuPath and others are all vying for a piece of a rapidly growing market. That market consists primarily of just seven customers, […]

14 Nov RESEARCH PAPER: Xilinx Reconfigurable Acceleration Stack Targets Machine Learning, Data, Analytics, & Video Streaming

Hyperscale cloud, e-commerce, and social networking datacenters are increasingly facing the challenge of accelerating workloads with complex data types such as 4K video and natural languages, the processing of which often outstrips the capacity of traditional CPUs. This issue is especially acute in the so-called “Super Seven” datacenter companies (Alibaba, Amazon, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Tencent), where these new […]

05 Oct Microsoft’s Love For FPGA Accelerators May Be Contagious

Microsoft has announced more details about their use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to accelerate servers in their massive datacenters. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcements at their Ignite Conference in Atlanta (which MI&S colleague Patrick Moorhead attended), sharing details about their five-year journey called “Project Catapult.” The surprise was not that they are […]

09 Aug Intel Acquires Nervana Systems Which Could Significantly Enhance Future Machine Learning Capabilities

Intel has announced that it will acquire Nervana Systems, a Deep Learning startup based in San Diego and Silicon Valley, to extend their capabilities in the fast-moving market for training deep neural networks used in artificial intelligence (AI) applications. I recently wrote about Nervana here. Training neural networks is a hot market where companies typically use GPUs […]