Intel’s acquisition of artificial intelligence startup Nervana arms the chipmaker with new software and hardware technologies as it seeks to gain more traction in the machine learning market.
The ISC16 conference showcased the next generation of hardware to power HPC workloads, including Intel’s Xeon Phi processor, a powerful new GPU accelerator from NVIDIA, and Fujitsu’s embrace of low-power ARM processors for a major supercomputer.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence have arrived in the data center. This trend is changing the face of the hyperscale server farm, as racks begin to fill with ASICs, GPUs, FPGAs and supercomputers.
Intel has begun a pilot program for new chips that combine traditional Intel CPUs with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), semiconductors that can be reprogrammed to perform specialized computing tasks for cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).