Intel\u00ae recently concluded the second edition of its hands-on workshop exclusively designed for AI & ML developers, data scientists, AI researchers and GPU & HPC programmers. Organised in association with Analytics India Magazine, this three-hour-long virtual hands-on workshop showcased how to accelerate PyTorch applications using Intel\u00ae Extension of oneAPI AI Analytics toolkit. The highlight of this compelling workshop was its comprehensive content and hands-on labs on using Intel\u00ae Extension for PyTorch* for AI Training. The session exclusively covered the high computational complexity and algorithmic challenge developers face and provided first-hand exposure to Intel\u00ae Extension for PyTorch* (IPEX). Topics covered in the oneAPI workshop: Introduction to Intel\u00ae oneAPI AI Analytics toolkitEstablishing Intel Dev Cloud for testing & porting applicationsOverview of Intel hardware features for AIIntroduction & overview of Intel\u00ae Extensions PytorchHands-on labs on using Intel\u00ae Extensions Pytorch for AI training and inferenceDemo of Pytorch model inference using Intel\u00ae OpenVINOTM toolkit The oneAPI workshop kicked off sharp at 9:30 AM with a welcome note by the Developer Marketing Manager- APJ at Intel \u2014 Kavita Aroor, introducing the workshop instructors of the day and explaining the key elements of the session, the rules and guidelines of the contests, and audience polls. The welcome note was followed by an introductory session of Intel\u2019s oneAPI Ecosystem by Lakshmi Narasimhan, the Technical Consultant Lead at Intel, to get the audience up to speed. The overview was to give the audience an understanding of this cross-architecture language based on C++ and SYCL standards. He spoke about the powerful libraries designed for the acceleration of domain-specific functions and the frameworks and middleware built using oneAPI. He further explained the top features and benefits of oneAPI AI Toolkit that include \u2014 Deep learning performance for training and inference with Intel optimised DL frameworks, pre-trained models and low-precision tools; drop-in acceleration for machine learning and analytics workflows with compute-intensive Python libraries; and seamless scaling of data pipelines across multi-cores, multi-nodes, to optimise end-to-end solutions with cross-architecture support. To know more about the workshop, click here. Following that, an expert panel including Jing Xu, Senior Technical Consulting Engineer, working as an AI specialist within the Intel Software group; and Aditya Sirvaiya, an AI Technical Consulting Engineer in Developer Products support & consulting organisation within Intel Software group provided actionable knowledge on Intel architecture hardware features for deep learning and oneDNN library. Jing started his session by explaining the Non-Uniform Memory Access, a shared memory architecture that describes the placement of main memory modules with respect to processors in a multiprocessor system. He also introduced the audience to Intel\u2019s cross-platform performance library of basic building blocks for DL \u2014 oneDNN. He explained how it is optimised for Intel architecture processors and processor graphics and supports the computation of various data types. While Jing spoke about the hardware features for AI and deep neural network libraries, Aditya provided a hands-on Intel optimisation for PyTorch. He talked about how Intel regularly upstreams most of the CPU optimisations to stock PyTorch, using Vectorize kernel by Intel\u00ae AVX2\/AVX-512. Additionally, he described the IPEX\u2019s ease of use that imports the \u201cintel_pytorch_extension\u201d Python module. The duo also showcased a few exciting case studies on Speech Synthesis and Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and concluded their hands-on labs with training, inference, and a demo on OpenVINO inference. To check out the learning materials, click here. To make it an interactive session, the workshop also hosted a Live Q&A session on Discord, conducted by Intel technical experts. One of the major highlights of the workshop was its exclusive contests that included a lucky draw, #oneAPI workshop contest and a DevMesh Project Contest, where attendees had a chance to win exciting prizes and Amazon gift vouchers worth INR 5000\/-. The #oneAPI Workshop Contest was designed to test the participant\u2019s understanding of the AI analytics toolkit. It was judged based on the submissions of the optimised PyTorch code for both training and inference. On the other hand, the DevMesh Project Contest asked attendees to submit their DevMesh project using Intel\u00ae DevCloud & oneAPI toolkit on the Intel\u00ae DevMesh portal. The one API workshop also had interesting polls and quizzes, which kept the attendees engaged throughout the session. Finally, the session was concluded with a shout out to the lucky draw winners who were each taking home Amazon Vouchers. The platform provided attendees with an opportunity to network with expert oneAPI certified instructors to clear their doubts and start a dialogue. At the end of the workshop, all the attendees had the opportunity to share their feedback on the survey link. ______________________________________ DevMesh Project Contest: Join the Intel\u00ae DevMesh, a community portal for developers and creators to share their work & best practices. || Click here \u2014 https:\/\/devmesh.intel.com. Submit your projects using Intel\u00ae DevCloud & oneAPI toolkit on Intel\u00ae DevMesh portal by 30 Aug 2021 & email the project link to email@example.com.If there are projects that use PyTorch, it could be replaced by Intel\u2019s Extension of PyTorch* (for training and inference), or Intel Distribution of OpenVINO\u2122 (for inference) and other relevant oneAPI components. After replacing the components, the performance can be compared with your stock counterparts, which can be submitted for Intel\u2019s evaluation.Projects submitted must include the usage of Intel DevCloud & oneAPI toolkits. Top 8 projects will stand a chance to win Amazon Gift Voucher worth INR 5000\/- each! Intel is also providing a fantastic opportunity to learn the DPC++ Learning Paths. Click here to know more. Download the Intel\u00ae oneAPI AI Analytics Toolkit (AI Kit) here. To share your feedback, click on the survey link here. __________________________________________ A shout-out to all the winners of the #oneAPI Workshop. The Top 10 Lucky Draw Winners of the Workshop are \u2014 Aabhash Pandey Naveen Krishnan Keyus Patel Deepak Kumar Sharma Remya Sivan Kaushal Bora Yash Sharma Satyam Singh Sureshtha Paul Navneet Kumar Each of the winners will receive an Amazon Voucher worth INR 1000\/-. The Top 2 Winners of the #oneAPI Workshop Contest are \u2014 Raghvendra MurnalSuresh Reddy Each of the winners will receive a GOQii Smart Watch. We congratulate each winner on their achievement, pushing the boundaries of innovation. Cheers!