How The Nervana Deal Boosts Intel’s Machine Learning Chops

Diane Bryant, executive VP of Intel’s Data Center Group, with Nervana founder and CEO Naveen Rao at Intel HQ in Santa Clara. (Photo: Intel) This week Intel expanded its machine learning arsenal with the acquisition of artificial intelligence startup Nervana. The deal provides Intel with new software and hardware technologies as it seeks to gain traction against NVIDIA, whose GPU-based solutions are the platform of choice for many machine learning projects. The Nervana acquisition also highlights how the growing focus on machine learning is advancing computing technology, which in turn will influence the design and scale of the data centers that house this equipment. By buying Nervana, Intel adds expertise with ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) that are highly tailored for machine learning. It’s Intel’s second major acquisition to extend its…


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