Intel tunes its mega-chip for machine learning

Intel wants to take on Google’s Tensor Processing Unit and Nvidia’s GPUs in machine learning computing with improvements to its Xeon Phi mega-chips. The company will add new features to Xeon Phi to tune it for machine learning, said Nidhi Chappell, director of machine learning at Intel. Machine learning, a trendy technology, allows software to be trained to do tasks like image recognition or data analysis more efficiently.  Intel didn’t disclose when the new features will be added, but the next version of Xeon Phi will come by 2018. Intel’s already behind chip rivals in machine learning, so it may have to speed up the next Xeon Phi release.  [ Don’t miss a thing! Sign up for CIO.com newsletters ] Intel released its latest Xeon Phi chip called Knights Landing…


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