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Intel Kills Knights Hill, Will Launch Xeon Phi Architecture for Exascale Computing

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In 2006, Intel decided to build a new GPU architecture, codenamed Larrabee. It didn’t work, so Intel decided to re-spin it as a manycore architecture dubbed Knights Ferry. While the first KNF processors were prototypes with literal GPU silicon still bolted on-die, follow-up chips like Knights Corner switched to a modified Pentium (P54C) architecture with x86 ISA support, 4-way SMT, and up to 1.2TFLOPS of double-precision performance. The Knights Landing architecture updated the CPU core ...

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Fujitsu Enters Deep Learning, AI Markets With Custom Architecture

For the past few years, the battle over AI, deep learning, and other HPC (High-Performance Computing) workloads has been mostly a two-horse race. It’s between Nvidia, the first company to launch a GPGPU architecture that could theoretically handle such workloads, and Intel, who has continued to focus on increasing the number of FLOPS its Core processors can handle per clock cycle. AMD is ramping up its own Radeon Instinct and Vega Frontier Edition cards to tackle AI as well, though the company has yet to win much market share in ...

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Nvidia Goes All in for AI With New Volta Architecture

SAN JOSE, CA–A first-time attendee to Nvidia’s flagship GTC conference this week could be forgiven for thinking Nvidia was an AI company. CEO Jensen Huang’s 2+ hour keynote included mini-tutorials on various types of machine learning, and a nearly endless number of plugs for AI-based applications hosted on Nvidia GPUs. The capstone was the announcement of Nvidia’s new Volta architecture and V100 chip. Nvidia has been working to make its GPUs increasingly friendly to AI applications, adding features such as fast 16-bit floating point. But its new Volta architecture takes that ...

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AMD declares Ryzen will be a four-year architecture, details overclocking plans, emphasizes hard launch

AMD released some additional information about its upcoming Ryzen chips at CES this week. Having spent over four years designing the architecture, the company plans to keep it around for at least that long. That’s according to CTO Mark Papermaster, who was on-hand to discuss the chip. First things first — AMD is promising a hard launch for Ryzen, without any paper launches, limited availability, or limited product introductions. When Zen debuts it’ll debut in multiple (still unknown) configurations, not a single eight-core part. As PCWorld details, Papermaster also confirmed ...

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AMD reveals new Radeon GPU architecture, codenamed Vega

Over a year ago, AMD laid out a two-pronged strategy for its 14nm GPU refreshes. First, it would refresh its midrange GPUs with new 14nm hardware based on an updated Graphics Core Next GPU, codenamed Polaris. These entry-level to midrange cards would be followed by a full high-end refresh based on a new GPU design, codenamed Vega. Polaris arrived on-schedule and delivered a significant performance boost in the areas where AMD needed it most, but details on Vega have been slow to materialize. Today, that changes. We don’t have review ...

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AMD reveals new Radeon GPU architecture, codenamed Vega

Over a year ago, AMD laid out a two-pronged strategy for its 14nm GPU refreshes. First, it would refresh its midrange GPUs with new 14nm hardware based on an updated Graphics Core Next GPU, codenamed Polaris. These entry-level to midrange cards would be followed by a full high-end refresh based on a new GPU design, codenamed Vega. Polaris arrived on-schedule and delivered a significant performance boost in the areas where AMD needed it most, but details on Vega have been slow to materialize. Today, that changes. We don’t have review ...

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Intel details Goldmont CPU architecture at the heart of Apollo Lake

For the past few months, details on the Goldmont architecture (that’s the Atom microarchitecture refresh that replaced Silvermont this year) have been extraordinarily scarce and hard to come by. After doing full deep dives on past architectures, including the Silvermont update that powered Bay Trail and Cherry Trail devices, Intel refused to talk about Goldmont in any significant degree at all. While it’s true that these chips are being relegated to the lower-cost Pentium and Celeron lines, Goldmont hardware will still drive millions of devices over the next few years ...

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The PS4 Pro’s chief architect shares surprising details on the system’s architecture (Updated)

Update (10/26/2016): When I wrote this story, I based it on the Verge’s coverage and statements regarding the capabilities of the PS4 Pro. Eurogamer’s discussion on the same topic with Mark Cerny contains more information and much clearer quotes. Based on his statements, it seems clear that the GPU inside the PlayStation 4 Pro is based on Polaris, which is what we’d expected all along. “Polaris is a very energy efficient GPU architecture that lets us boost the GPU power pretty dramatically, while keeping the console form-factor roughly the same. ...

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The PS4 Pro’s chief architect shares surprising details on the system’s architecture

Ever since news of the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro leaked, gamers have wanted to hear more about what the system could do and what kind of benefits it would offer over and above the standard PlayStation 4. Sony has shared some of those details and been shy on others. But with the launch fast approaching (and the need to build hype around the system), the chief architect of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, Mark Cerny, has been more willing to share details on the platform’s capabilities. Cerny recently sat down with ...

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The PS4 Pro’s chief architect shares surprising details on the system’s architecture

Ever since news of the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro leaked, gamers have wanted to hear more about what the system could do and what kind of benefits it would offer over and above the standard PlayStation 4. Sony has shared some of those details and been shy on others. But with the launch fast approaching (and the need to build hype around the system), the chief architect of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, Mark Cerny, has been more willing to share details on the platform’s capabilities. Cerny recently sat down with ...

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