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Intel Achieves AI Nervana

At CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week, Navin Shenoy – Intel Data Center Group executive vice president, announced the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Inference, which will go into production this year. Back in 2016, Intel acquired Nervana, a 48-person AI SAAS startup from San Diego, for (reportedly) something like $408 million. Nervana was a software company at the time, providing a full-stack software-as-a-service platform called Nervana Cloud, … Read More → "Intel Achieves AI Nervana"

Intel’s Grand Vision

“With unit cost falling as the number of components per circuit rises, by 1975 economics may dictate squeezing as many as 65,000 components on a single silicon chip.”

– Gordon E. Moore, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits,” Electronics, pp. 114–117, April 19, 1965.

Our shuttle bus driver exited 101 and began to weave through an increasingly narrow labyrinth of residential streets. There were eight or nine … Read More → "Intel’s Grand Vision"

The Significance of Sparsity

What has sparsity done for you lately? In this episode of Fish Fry, we investigate the challenges that surround on-device artificial intelligence processing. Megha Daga (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the why the presence of zeroes is becoming more and more important in the development of neural networks and how sparsity can be used for bandwidth and compute reduction. In this week’s News You May Have Missed, … Read More → "The Significance of Sparsity"

Lattice Raises the Bar on Low Power AI

We are all focusing a lot of attention on neural network inference these days. There is lengthy debate about the relative merits of GPUs, high-end FPGAs, and other specialized solutions for generating the most and best inferencing per coloumb. Most of that centers around data center or high-end edge designs. But the real volume for inferencing chips will clearly be in cost-, power-, and space-constrained edge … Read More → "Lattice Raises the Bar on Low Power AI"

AI Meets AC/DC

“For those about to rock, we salute you.” – Brian Johnson

Let’s play a game! First, we’ll divide the players into two teams. The first team includes fluffy kittens, nuns and orphans, baby ducks, and Delta blues guitarists. The second team includes patent trolls, the Ebola virus, personal-liability lawyers, and Brussels sprouts.

Which team does … Read More → "AI Meets AC/DC"

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