CHIPMAKER Intel has set out its plans for artificial intelligence (AI) and claimed that it will reduce the time to train a deep learning model by up to 100 times within the next three years.
At the forefront of the firm's AI ambitions is the Intel Nervana platform, which was announced on Thursday following Intel's acquisition of deep learning startup Nervana Systems earlier this year.
Setting its sights on an area currently dominated by Nvidia's GPU technology, one of the platform's main focuses will be deep learning and training neural networks.
Intel claimed that its non-GPU tech will "deliver a 100-fold increase in performance that will turbocharge the pace of innovation in the emerging deep learning space".
Intel will integrate Nervana's technology into its Xeon and Xeon Phi processor range.
The company will test the Nervana Engine chip, codenamed 'Lake Crest', during the first half of 2017 and make it available to key customers later in the year.
This will be optimised specifically for neural networks to deliver the highest performance for deep learning and unprecedented compute density with a high-bandwidth interconnect.
Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Centre Group at Intel, said: "We expect the Intel Nervana platform to produce breakthrough performance and dramatic reductions in the time to train complex neural networks."
In addition, Intel announced a new product, dubbed 'Knights Crest', on the roadmap that tightly integrates best-in-class Intel Xeon processors with the technology from Nervana.
The firm also said that the next generation of Xeon Phi processors, codenamed 'Knights Mill', which were unveiled at IDF earlier this year, will deliver four times better performance than the previous generation for deep learning and will be available in 2017.
Nvidia has hit out at these claims, though, and slammed Intel earlier this year for publishing incorrect "facts" about the Xeon Phi chips and their deep learning processing credentials compared with Nvidia's GPU offering.
Intel has also announced that it's teaming up with Google. This so-called "strategic alliance" will look at helping companies deliver an open, flexible and secure multi-cloud infrastructure for their businesses. µ
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