New information on AI and Machine Learning

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 […]

01 Jul Are BMW, Intel, And Mobileye The New Dream Team For Automated Driving?

BMW, Intel and Mobileye have announced today that they are joining forces to create what they hope will become an industry standard platform for safe automated driving. BMW plans to integrate Intel and Mobileye technologies into BMW’s “iNext” platform, the company’s target vehicle for fully automated (driverless) cars in 2021. What sets this announcement apart is […]

28 Jun Can Intel’s New Knights Landing Chip Compete With NVIDIA For Deep Learning?

Intel finally launched the highly anticipated “Knights Landing” (KNL) version of their Many Integrated Core (MIC) Xeon Phi processor at this years’ international supercomputing event (now called ISC High Performance), targeting High Performance Computing (HPC) and the white-hot market for training Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). DNNs are used to power everything from the ads you see […]

20 Jun NVIDIA’s New GPUs Set A High Bar For HPC And Deep Learning

With the winds of AI at their backs, NVIDIA has been on a tear of late as they capitalize on their near-monopoly status for GPUs used to train Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) and to power high performance computing (HPC). Now, as the annual International Supercomputing Conference (renamed “ISC High Performance”) event gets underway in Frankfurt, […]

16 Jun Apple, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Take Different Paths For Deep Learning APIs

There have been so many announcements about Deep Learning, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the last year that it would be completely excusable to be totally confused. Apple is the latest company to announce their contribution to our collective confusion with a suite of “Basic Neural Network Subroutines” (BNNS) designed to […]

08 Jun Startup KnuEdge Emerges With Another Accelerator For Deep Learning

The market for Deep Learning Accelerators is heating up with new entrants, as I explored after NVIDIA’s traction in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Google’s recent announcement of the somewhat mysterious TPU processor. Now KnuEdge, a startup led by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin, has emerged with its own accelerator called KNUPATH LambdaFabric, coupled with a suite […]

26 May Google’s TPU Chip Creates More Questions Than Answers

Google’s announcement last week that they developed a custom chip for Deep Learning has created a lot of press and unanswered questions. At the Google I/O developers conference, the company shared that they have been using an internally-developed processor, called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), for over a year to accelerate Deep Learning applications, from […]

23 May AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm, Xilinx Form CCIX Accelerator Consortium

On Monday, seven technology companies announced that they had reached an agreement to develop and implement an interconnect that would enable different vendors’ CPUs and accelerators to talk to one another while sharing main memory. Specifically, Advanced Micro Devices, ARM Holdings, Huawei Technologies, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm and Xilinx jointly announced that they would collaborate to build a […]

10 May Deep Learning Apps Dominate NVIDIA GTC 2016

This year, NVIDIA doubled down on their bet on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the annual Graphics Technology Conference. “AI is the most far-reaching technological advancement in our lifetime,” Jen-Hsun told the rapt audience of followers at his opening keynote address. “It changes every industry, every company, every thing.” Jen-Hsun is not alone in this enthusiastic assessment. Rob […]