Nov 14, 2017   |   Wei Wang, Peng Zhang, Rong Zhang, Jayaram Bobba

neon v2.3.0: Significant Performance Boost for Deep Speech 2 and VGG models

We are excited to announce the release of neon™ 2.3.0.  It ships with significant performance improvements for Deep Speech 2 (DS2) and VGG models running on Intel® architecture (IA). For the DS2 model, our tests show up to 6.8X improvement1,4 with the Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL) backend over the NumPy CPU backend with…

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Nov 10, 2017   |   Xin Wang, Tristan Webb, Marcel Nassar

Flexpoint: numerical innovation underlying the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor

We are delighted to announce our research team’s new paper, Flexpoint: an adaptive numerical format for efficient training of deep neural networks, accepted to the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) conference. This paper provided a complete description and validation of Flexpoint, the core numerical technology powering the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor--specialized hardware that…

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Machine Learning

Oct 31, 2017   |   Shashi Jain, Katie Fritsch

A Summer of Space Exploration with Intel and NASA

This summer, Intel has been collaborating with the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) , an AI R&D accelerator targeting knowledge gaps useful to the space program. The NASA FDL, hosted at the SETI Institute, was established to apply AI to five specific challenges in areas relevant to the space program: Planetary Defense (defending the Earth…

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Oct 20, 2017   |   Itai Caspi, Gal Leibovich, Gal Novik

Reinforcement Learning Coach by Intel

Today, Intel is announcing the release of our Reinforcement Learning Coach — an open source research framework for training and evaluating reinforcement learning (RL) agents by harnessing the power of multi-core CPU processing to achieve state-of-the-art results. Coach contains multi-threaded implementations for some of today’s leading RL algorithms, combined with various games and robotics environments.…

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Intel Nervana Chip - Machine Learning

Oct 17, 2017   |   Naveen Rao

Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processors (NNP) Redefine AI Silicon

As our Intel CEO Brian Krzanich discussed earlier today at Wall Street Journal’s D.Live event, Intel will soon be shipping the world’s first family of processors designed from the ground up for artificial intelligence (AI): the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor family (formerly known as “Lake Crest”). This family of processors is over 3 years…

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Intel Joins ONNX

Oct 10, 2017   |   Jason Knight

Intel Joins Open Neural Network Exchange Ecosystem to Expand Developer Choice in Deep Learning Frameworks

As part of Intel’s commitment to furthering artificial intelligence across the industry, Intel announced that it is joining Microsoft*, Facebook*, and others to participate in the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) project. By joining the project, we plan to further expand the choices developers have on top of frameworks powered by the Intel® Nervana™ Graph…

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Artificial Intelligence Conference

Sep 28, 2017   |   Jessica Rosenthal

Intel® Nervana™ and O’Reilly Host the Inaugural AI Conference in San Francisco

Intel® Nervana™ and O’Reilly co-presented the inaugural Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco on September 17th. The conference spotlighted keynotes from luminaries such as Andrew Ng (Coursera), Peter Norvig (Google), Carlos Guestrin (Apple), Michael Jordan (UC Berkeley), Jia Li (Google) and Naveen Rao (Intel Nervana). Uber, Apple, Nvidia, IBM, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Baidu[1]…

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Intel Nervana DevCloud

Sep 18, 2017   |   Scott Apeland

Intel® Nervana™ DevCloud

Today at The AI Conference in San Francisco we announced the Intel Nervana DevCloud, a cloud hosted hardware and software platform available to developers, researchers and startups to learn, sandbox and get started on their Artificial Intelligence projects. Intel® Nervana™ Academy members can gain free access to the DevCloud powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors…

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BDW-SKX Normalized Throughput

Sep 18, 2017   |   Jayaram Bobba

neon v2.1.0: Leveraging Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel® AVX-512)

We are excited to announce the availability of neon™ 2.1 framework. An optimized backend based on Intel® Math Kernel Library (Intel® MKL), is enabled by default on CPU platforms with this release. neon™ 2.1 also uses a newer version of the Intel ® MKL for Deep Neural Networks (Intel ® MKL-DNN), which features optimizations for…

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#neon #Release Notes

Sep 08, 2017   |   Rakib Sarwar

Lightning Speed Image and Data Processing Powered by Intel Nervana

A fraction of a second can make all the difference in a race. When it comes to motorsports, advanced analytics can help shave off fragments of time for drivers and provide a more exciting experience for racing spectators. We recently took Intel® Nervana™ technology to the race track to demonstrate how artificial intelligence can process…

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