Chip Shot: Toshiba Announces New Tablets Based on Intel® Atom™ Processors

Congratulations to Toshiba in launching the Windows-based Encore* 2 line of tablets and the Android-based Excite Go* tablet, all powered by the Intel® Atom™ Z3700 series processors (“Bay Trail”). The Encore 2 tablets provide the performance and speed necessary for enjoying the latest mobile games with stunning graphics in a low-power platform and sleek form factor; providing the perfect balance between value and performance to give consumers the optimal experience for work and play. The Excite Go tablet offers all the features needed to enjoy convenient web browsing, apps and entertainment at an affordable price point, perfect for consumers who are looking for an easy-to-use, highly mobile tablet

Chip Shot: Intel Donation to FC Barcelona Foundation Benefits Fourteen Organizations

Intel’s donation of more than 100 of the latest Intel based computers and tablets to the FC Barcelona Foundation is part of the partnership agreement signed with FC Barcelona in December 2013. FC Barcelona Foundation has identified fourteen organizations to receive the donated equipment. Norberto Mateos Carrascal, Intel’s regional manager for the Southern Region said, "The donation signifies our commitment to this partnership and our joint values, and also our ongoing commitment to enrich the lives of people around the globe through the use of technology.” Get more information and the list of benefiting organizations.


Intel Puts Automotive Innovation into High Gear

New Intel Products, Investments and Research for Connected Cars and Autonomous Driving


NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • In-Vehicle Solutions offer automakers integrated platforms for quicker development of infotainment and safety features in the car.
  • Personal Vehicle Experience and Secure My Connected Car research projects offer automakers insight into the user experience and safety in the car.
  • $100 million Intel Connected Car Fund invests in ZMP, a developer of autonomous driving platforms.
  • Intel collaborates with new entrants in the automotive ecosystem and leading car makers to accelerate new car experiences.


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Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions, a new family of automotive solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2014– To accelerate innovation toward a future of autonomous vehicles, Intel Corporation announced today the availability of a family of hardware and software products called Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions,as well as additional investments and advanced technology research aimed at helping the car evolve to better inform, assist and eventually assume control.


Intel's Internet of Things Group achieved revenue of $482 million in the first quarter, up 32% year-over-year, driven by strong demand for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. Intel believes the technology that will power the future of driving is quickly evolving, and through research, investments and new products, it can help the industry shape future driving experiences and bring them to market more quickly.


"To further strengthen Intel's technology partnership with the automotive industry and prepare for the future, we are combining our breadth of experience in consumer electronics and enterprise IT with a holistic automotive investment across product development, industry partnerships and groundbreaking research efforts," said Doug Davis, corporate vice president, Internet of Things Group at Intel. "Our goal is to fuel the evolution from convenience features available in the car today to enhanced safety features of tomorrow and eventually self-driving capabilities."


Intel Launches In-Vehicle Solutions Platform
Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions are a family of hardware and software products designed to enable carmakers and their suppliers to more quickly and easily deliver in-vehicle experiences that consumers demand, while reducing the cost of developing them. The family of products includes a range of compute modules, an integrated software stack of operating system plus middleware, and development kits.


Intel expects its standardized platform approach based on integrated and validated hardware and software to shorten infotainment development time by more than 12 months and reduce costs up to 50 percent1, thus enabling automakers to apply their engineering resources to technology innovations and enhanced experiences in the car.


The first available products are designed for IVI systems with advanced driver assistance capabilities, with future products geared for advanced driving experiences such as autonomous or self-driving cars.



Intel Drives Automotive Technology Research
Automotive research developed by Intel explores how technology will enable the new experiences in which the cars we own will know who we are and adapt to us, ease the burden of driving and help us get to our destinations more safely and efficiently.


The new Personal Vehicle Experience Research Project is intended to understand the joys and pain points that people experience when using their cars. It aims to uncover what people want from their cars and how cars can be more adaptive, predictive and interact with drivers and its surroundings.


Intel also understands that safety is paramount to the future of driving. The Secure My Connected Car Research Project from Intel is working to understand the challenges and threat landscape of a connected car. The project showcases the potential vulnerability of the car's telematics system and shows how memory protection can defend critical in-vehicle hardware and software. This technology can then be paired with McAfee whitelisting technology from Intel Security to fully secure the connected car.


Ethnographers, anthropologists and engineers at Intel are working on a variety of research projects aimed at making roads safer and gaining knowledge about the safest and most intuitive way for drivers to interact with their vehicles. Advanced sensing, computation, and interconnected data will revolutionize the way people travel and connect with each other.


Intel Invests in Automotive
In 2012, Intel established the $100 million Intel Capital Connected Car Fund to accelerate the automotive industry transition to seamless connectivity between the vehicle and consumer electronic devices, as well as drive new technologies that will enable future autonomous driving capabilities. The latest investment from the Intel fund goes to ZMP*, developers of an autonomous driving platform and vehicles connected with sensors, radars and cameras, which will be critical to the future of driving.


Additional automotive investments that have been made by Intel Capital include CloudMade*, provider of data aggregation and cloud connectivity necessary for future IVI solutions; Mocana*, which delivers security to the IVI platform with a mobile app-shielding solution; and Tobii Technology*, which applies perceptual computing technology to advanced driver assistance applications.


Collaborates with the Automotive Ecosystem
Consumer demand is reshaping the automotive supply chain and automakers need to keep pace with technology innovation. Intel is investing to ensure that the technology is available to deliver the in-vehicle experiences consumers want today, as well as help the car evolve to better inform, assist and eventually assume control.


To that end, Intel announced it will work with its subsidiary Wind River*, as well as with Green Hills Software*, Mobica*, Symphony Teleca*, QNX, and XSe*, to offer solutions and services to automakers adopting Intel In-Vehicle Solutions to ensure they can quickly deliver customized solutions to the market place.


Intel continues to align with automakers on various research development efforts and Intel technology is used in BMW's Navigation System Professional* for all its vehicle models, the Infiniti InTouch* infotainment system in the Infiniti Q50* and the Driver Information System* in the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis*.

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About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.


Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.


*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


1 Preliminary interviews by Intel with industry experts and customers suggest that Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions technology may save approximately 1 year or more in IVI system development time and reduce costs as much as 50 percent. Nothing in this document should be interpreted as either a promise of or contract for a given level of cost.

Lucky 7 — GPU System Wins Student Supercomputing Competition Again

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For the seventh time in a row, a GPU based system powered the winning team in a student cluster competition.

This time, it was the team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) taking the top spot in the largest student supercomputer challenge, ASC14, held last month. In fact, the top three teams all relied on NVIDIA GPUs.

Winning team:
Winning team: students from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

And the new NVIDIA K40 GPUs helped China’s Sun Yat-sen University set a new record. The team got a record 9.27 teraflops on the HPC industry standard Linpack performance benchmark. The previous record: 8.45 teraflops.

Winning Contests and Grooming New HPC Pros

Armed with a student-built cluster powered by eight NVIDIA K20 GPU accelerators, SJTU earned the highest total score for performance on six tests.

These included runs on the elastic wave modeling application, 3D-EW; a run on quantum chemistry application, Quantum ESPRESSO; and other real-world scientific codes.

Our Simon See, who also serves as an adjunct professor at SJTU, sat down with their team lead, James Lin, vice director Center for HPC, to get his thoughts on GPUs:

See: Why are events like the Student Supercomputing Challenge important?

Lin: We need to educate new legions of students in high-performance computing. Teaching HPC skills in a competition like this can be more effective than in a classroom. In fact, as a result of his experience, one of our team members decided to focus on HPC PhD at Virginia Tech summer.  

See: How did you and your team prepare for the competition?

Lin: We spent more than four months preparing for the contest, even over the Chinese Spring Festival. I first asked the team to study course material on HPC, and provided additional detail in my lectures. In phase two, the team practiced running code on “π,” SJTU’s supercomputer with 100 NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs. Finally, the team reviewed competition source codes and optimized them using many difference approaches. 

See: What was the most challenging aspect of the competition from your perspective?

Lin: All of my students are from the computer science department, so they knew very little about the background of scientific applications, like Quantum ESPRESSO, before the contest. Fortunately, some of the π users are experienced with these applications, so they were able to help. In the end, we received the top score for three of the five applications.

See: Aside from the competition, are you using GPUs in any important aspects of your research? If so, how are they impacting your work?

Lin: Yes, GPUs are important to our HPC work at SJTU. Half of the computational power of π is from NVIDIA GPUs, and they been used quite extensively since π was deployed. Also, GPUs allow us to accelerate our research, primarily with molecular dynamics applications today, but we hope to also utilize them for machine learning research in the future. 

James and the SJTU team aren’t planning on taking a break anytime soon.

They’re gearing up another win at next month’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14) in Leipzig, Germany.

And, they’re counting on NVIDIA K40 GPU accelerators to give them an edge they’ll need.

Intel Puts Automotive Innovation into High Gear

New Intel Products, Investments and Research for Connected Cars and Autonomous Driving NEWS HIGHLIGHTS In-Vehicle Solutions offer automakers integrated platforms for quicker development of infotainment and safety features in the car. Personal Vehicle Experience and Secure My Connected Car research projects offer automakers insight into the user experience and safety in the car. $100 million … Continued

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Chip Shot: Intel® Xeon Phi™ Momentum Continues; Issues New Call to Expand Intel Parallel Computing Centers

Solving some of the biggest challenges in society, industry, and sciences requires dramatic increases in computing efficiency. To address this, Intel introduced the Intel® Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) program last October with five collaborators. Since then, the response has been outstanding with more than 30 IPCCs worldwide today. Now, Intel is announcing a new call for IPCC proposals to join in delivering open, portable, and scalable applications that focus on the untapped potential of high performance computing capabilities and accelerate discovery. To learn more, read the blog post by Intel’s Bob Burroughs, director of ecosystem enabling for the Technical Computing Group.