At a press event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-I), an AI chip for inference-based workloads that fits into a GPU-like form factor. It wasn’t an unexpected reveal — Intel announced it was working on a new generation of inference chip way back in 2017 — but its appearance at the press conference today made clear the company’s ambition to capture a large slice of the budding AI chip market. Nervana is optimized for image recognition, Intel said onstage. And it has an architecture distinct from other chips: It lacks a standard cache hierarchy, and on-chip memory is managed by software directly. Additionally, because of its high-speed on- and off-chip interconnects, it’s able to distribute neural network parameters across multiple chips, achieving very high parallelism.
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