NVIDIA Cries Foul on Intel Phi AI Benchmarks

This week saw the eruption of a vendor spat when NVIDIA, developer of GPUs widely used in the AI/machine learning market, alleged foul play against Intel in recent comparative benchmark results involving Intel’s Xeon Phi processors. While NVIDIA makes some fair points about the methodology employed by its rival, Intel announced impressive news of its own on the AI/Xeon Phi front. First, let’s look at NVIDIA’s criticism of Intel that came in the form of a blog post by Ian Buck, vice president of accelerated computing, who declared that Intel compared Xeon Phi to out-of-date NVIDIA benchmarking data. Specifically, Buck was responding to a slide used by Intel at the ISC conference in Germany two months ago: “Intel used Caffe AlexNet (benchmarking) data that is 18 months old, comparing a…


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