Intel teases geeks with 2017 AI hyper-chip: Xeon Phi Knights Mill

IDF16 Intel is working on a powerful Xeon Phi processor for servers and workstations that is “optimized” for artificial-intelligence software – and it’s codenamed Knights Mill. Chipzilla’s data center group boss Diane Bryant flashed up this slide during this morning’s Intel Developer Forum keynote in San Francisco: The chip is geared towards deep-learning applications, and is expected to be available in 2017, we’re told. It will use RAM stacked into the top of its die, feature many, many cores, and have a focus on high-performance floating-point calculations – all of which should help it perform the operations necessary for high-throughput machine learning. Crucially, the Mill is not an accelerator or coprocessor: it can run x86 code and can boot and run operating systems and apps without the need of a…


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