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Intel Unveils Its First AI Chip Spring Hill, Says Facebook Already Using It

Intel Unveils Its First AI Chip Spring Hill, Says Facebook Already Using It

Prajakta Hebbar

In a radical new step to deal with big data generated by organisations, Intel this week launched an artificial intelligence processor called Nervana NNP-I or ‘Spring Hill’. According to reports, this processor has been designed for large computing centres.

Intel Nervana NNP-I is based on a 10 nanometer Ice Lake processor and is purpose-built specifically to accelerate deep learning deployment at scale, offering excellent performance for major data centre workloads. Intel also said that this processor also offers a high degree of programmability without compromising performance to power efficiency.



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“It’s easy to program, has short latencies and fast code porting while supporting all major deep learning frameworks, allowing the world’s leading cloud service providers and enterprises to take advantage of advanced inference performance,” said Intel in a statement.

A noted wire also said that Facebook has already has started using the product.

Naveen Rao, general manager of Intel’s artificial intelligence products group, told the news wire, “In order to reach a future situation of ‘AI everywhere’, we have to deal with huge amounts of data generated and make sure organizations are equipped with what they need to make effective use of the data and process them where they are collected… These computers need acceleration for complex AI applications.”

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