How will newly acquired deep learning experts shape Intel’s data center reach?

Intel is buying artificial intelligence startup Nervana Systems to boost the chip giant’s prowess in the data center and capabilities around the rising area of machine learning. The move, which will reportedly cost Intel in the neighborhood of $350 million, brings the chip giant expertise in deep learning, a subset of machine learning which is used to train software. “While artificial intelligence is often equated with great science fiction, it isn’t relegated to novels and movies,” said Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center Group, in a blog post announcing the deal. “(Artificial intelligence) is all around us, from the commonplace (talk-to-text, photo tagging, fraud detection) to the cutting edge (precision medicine, injury prediction, autonomous cars). Encompassing compute methods like advanced data analytics, computer…


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