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Intel Launches Nervana Artificial Intelligence Platform

Tech giant Intel has announced a new strategy focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and based on a new portfolio of technologies centered on its recent acquisition of AI company Nervana Systems. The new portfolio will include products and services for everything from network edge to data center use cases to help accelerate the growth of AI technologies.

?EU?Intel sees AI transforming the way businesses operate and how people engage with the world,?EU? the company said in a statement yesterday. ?EU?Intel is assembling the broadest set of technology options to drive AI capabilities in everything from smart factories and drones to sports, fraud detection and autonomous cars.?EU?

Achieving Nervana

Dubbed Intel Nervana, the new platform comes courtesy of the company?EU?s acquisition of the two-year-old Nervana Systems announced three months ago. The platform will be optimized for AI workloads with an emphasis on both speed and ease of use.

The first product in the platform, a chip codenamed ?EU?Lake Crest,” will begin testing in the first half of next year and will eventually be available to key customers later that year, according to Intel. Lake Crest is optimized specifically for neural networks to deliver the high performance for deep learning, the company said.

Meanwhile, Intel also announced plans for a new product codenamed ?EU?Knights Crest” that will integrate its existing Xeon processors with AI technology from Nervana.

?EU?We expect the Intel Nervana platform to produce breakthrough performance and dramatic reductions in the time to train complex neural networks,?EU? said Diane Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s data center croup, in the statement. ?EU?Before the end of the decade, Intel will deliver a 100-fold increase in performance that will turbocharge the pace of innovation in the emerging deep learning space.?EU?

New AI Developer Academy

The company also highlighted its plans for other AI assets, including…

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