As part of Intel Vision 2022, Intel unveiled the freshly released Gaudi2 artificial intelligence (AI) training processor from Habana Labs, the Israeli AI accelerator chip company acquired in 2019.
The chip is specially designed for deep learning AI applications. It uses Intel’s 7nm manufacturing process, a significant leap from the 16nm process used for the first generation. The Gaudi2 chip features 24 Tensor processing cores, three times more than the first Gaudi, for larger deep learning workloads. In addition, Gaudi2 integrates on-chip multimedia processing, has 96 GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2E) and 48 MB of static RAM (SRAM). Intel claims that these improvements triple the performance over the first generation.
Gaudi2 also comes with 24 100 Gigabit RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) ports to increase Gaudi2’s drive bandwidth. By using Ethernet instead of a proprietary connector, the processor accepts a wide range of Ethernet networking equipment, allowing customers to easily scale their clusters without high costs.
Intel also claims that Gaudi2 is ahead of its competitors. The company backed up this claim by comparing it to Nvidia’s A100-80GB GPU in a ResNet50 and BERT showdown. ResNet50 is a commonly used neural network for image recognition while BERT is a neural network model used for natural language processing. Both represent common use cases in modern AI applications. In its scenarios, Intel claims that Gaudi2 offers 1.9 times the throughput of the A100-80 GB in ResNet 50 and is twice as fast in BERT. Additionally, Gaudi2 has about the same die size as the A100, Habana Labs COO Eitan Medina noted in the press release.
Arctic Sound – M
In addition to the Gaudi2, Intel also talked about a GPU for multimedia data centers named Arctic Sound – M. Each Arctic Sound – M card includes up to four Xe multimedia engines, up to 32 ray-tracing units and Xe cores, hardware acceleration for the AV1 codec and has built-in XMX AI acceleration. Intel said a single card can support over 30 1080p video streams or over 40 game streams for cloud gaming. It also supports up to 62 virtualized functions for virtual desktop infrastructures.
Arctic Sound – M will be available on fourth generation PCIe cards in the third quarter of 2022.
French translation and adaptation by Renaud Larue-Langlois
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