LAKE WALES, Fla.—Intel will announce its intention to acquire Nervana Systems at its Intel Developer Forum next week (IDF 2016, San Francisco, Calif., August 16-to-18)—a bid to obsolete the graphics processor unit (GPU) for deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
Intel dominates the high-performance computing (HPC) market, but Nvidia has made significant inroads into deep learning verticals with its sophisticated GPUs. However, Nervana Systems (Palo Alto, Calif.) has already made a significant dent in Nvidia's Cuda software for its GPUs with Nervana's Neon cloud service that is Cuda-compatible. Intel, however, is acquiring Nervana for its promised deep-learning accelerator chip, which it promises by 2017. If the chip plays out as advertised, Intel will sell Deep Learning accelerator hardware boards that beat Nvidia's GPU boards, while its newly acquired Neon cloud service will outperform Nvidia's Cuda software.
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