Intel readies chip to rival NVIDIA for machine learning

After abandoning its own GPU for supercomputers, machine learning, and video games in 2009, Intel has returned to the market with a new 72-core Xeon Phi, to compete with NVIDIA’s growing portfolio of GPUs.The Xeon Phi ‘Knights Landing’ chip, announced at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany last week, is Intel’s most powerful and expensive chip to date and is aimed at machine learning and supercomputers, two areas where Nvidia’s GPUs have flourished. See also: IoT revenues up 15%; cloud computing a big driver  Inside the chip there is 72-cores running at 1.5GHz, alongside 16GB of integrated stacked memory. The chip supports up to 384GB of DDR4 memory, making it immensely scalable for machine learning programs. At the conference, Intel mentioned some of the issues with GPUs for complex machine…


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