Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future of upcoming models of technology that’s on everyone’s mind and has become an integral part of every discussion these days. Some of the pioneers include the experts at Intel, who are emphasizing on the concept of “AI Everywhere”.
Intel Corporation announced its first AI-powered processor at the Hot Chips symposium for high-performance chips in California. Named as the Intel Nervana, the neural network processor (NNP) has been divided into Intel Nevada NNP-T (code-named Spring Crest) and Intel Nervana NNP-I (code-named Spring Hill).
According to a press release sent by Intel, the Intel Nervana NNP-T is designed in a frame arranged from the ground up to train deep learning models at a scale that has set new heights for the organization.
Since it has been built from scratch it is well comprehensible based on the fact that it does not have any overhead that is needed to support the legacy of technology and undoubtedly it becomes one of its biggest merits.
It has been designed keeping in mind the flexibility and programmability, says Intel. The chip has been designed to train a network “as fast as possible within a given power budget, targeting larger models and datasets”.
On the other hand, when the chair turns to the discussion of the Intel Nervana NNP-I, it can be defined to be a modified 10-nanometre Ice Lake processor that communicates with the motherboard using M.2, a slot that is typically put to use for solid-state storage.
The Thermal Design Power (TDP) ranges from 10W to 50W and the shared cache goes up to 24MB. As per the Announcement by Intel, it offers
“a high degree of programmability without compromising performance or power efficiency.”
In addition to the neural networks,
Intel also introduced “Lakefield”, which is its first product that uses the quality of its 3D stacking and IA hybrid computing architecture on the first array of operation.
Lakefield also employs Intel’s Foveros packaging technology, which provides its reduced power consumption at standby, core area, and package height when compared to previous-generation models.
Intel announced that it is now shipping Intel Optane DC persistent memory in volume, which further bridges the gap between memory and storage.