Intel Snaps Up Nervana to Jump-Start AI

Intel last week announced the acquisition of startup Nervana, in a bid to enhance the company’s capabilities in artificial intelligence and deep learning. Nervana jumped out of the gate at its 2014 launch with a robust platform for deep learning, a framework called “Nervana Neon,” and the Nervana Engine — a groundbreaking ASIC chip scheduled for introduction by the first quarter of 2017. Nervana’s IP and expertise in accelerating deep learning algorithms will expand Intel’s capabilities in the field of artificial intelligence, according to Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group. “We will apply Nervana’s software expertise to further optimize the Intel Math Kernel Library and its integration into industry standard frameworks,” she said. The Nervana Engine and its silicon expertise will advance Intel’s AI portfolio, added Bryant,…


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