Intel AI at Baidu Create: AI Camera, FPGA-based Acceleration and Xeon Scalable Optimizations for Deep Learning

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Intel Vice President Gadi Singer announces a series of collaborations with Baidu on artificial intelligence at Baidu Create on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Beijing. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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What’s New: Today at Baidu* Create in Beijing, Intel Vice President Gadi Singer shared a series of collaborations with Baidu on artificial intelligence (AI), including powering Baidu’s Xeye* a new AI retail camera with Intel® Movidius™ vision processing units (VPUs); highlighting Baidu’s plans to offer workload acceleration as a service using Intel® FPGAs; and optimizing PaddlePaddle*, Baidu’s deep learning framework for Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

“From enabling in-device intelligence, to providing data center scale on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, to accelerating workloads with Intel FPGAs, to making it simpler for PaddlePaddle developers to code across platforms, Baidu is taking advantage of Intel’s products and expertise to bring its latest AI advancements to life.”
–Gadi Singer, vice president and architecture general manager, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel

How the Camera Works: Baidu’s Xeye camera uses Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPUs to deliver low-power, high-performance visual intelligence for retailers. Thanks to Intel’s purpose-built VPU solutions coupled with Baidu’s advanced machine learning algorithms, the camera can analyze objects and gestures, while also detecting people to provide personalized shopping experiences in retail settings.

How Acceleration Works: Baidu is developing a heterogeneous computing platform based on Intel’s latest field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) technology. Intel FPGAs will accelerate performance and energy efficiency, add flexibility to data center workloads, and enable workload acceleration as a service on Baidu Cloud.

How PaddlePaddle is Updated: With PaddlePaddle now optimized for Intel Xeon Scalable processors, developers and data scientists can now use the same hardware that powers the world’s data centers and clouds to advance their AI algorithms.

PaddlePaddle is optimized for Intel technology at several levels, including compute, memory, architecture and communication. For example:

  • Optimized math operations through advanced vector extensions (AVX) intrinsics, BLAS libraries (e.g. Intel® MKL, OpenBLAS) or customized CPU kernels.
  • Optimized CNN networks through Intel® MKL-DNN library.

Intel and Baidu are also exploring integration of PaddlePaddle and nGraph, a framework-neutral, deep neural network (DNN) model compiler that can target a variety of devices. Intel open-sourced nGraph in March. With nGraph, data scientists can write once, without worrying about how to adapt their DNN models to train and run efficiently on different hardware platforms.

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Intel FPGAs Power Acceleration-as-a-Service for Alibaba Cloud

Intel today announced that Intel® field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are now powering the Acceleration-as-a-Service of Alibaba Cloud*, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. The acceleration service, which can be launched from the Alibaba Cloud website, enables customers to develop and deploy accelerator solutions in the cloud for Artificial Intelligence inference, video streaming analytics, database acceleration and other fields where intense computing is required.

The Acceleration-as-a-Service with Intel FPGAs, also known as Alibaba Cloud’s F1 Instance, provides users access to cloud acceleration in a pay-as-you go model, with no need for upfront hardware investments.

“Intel FPGAs offer us a more cost-effective way to accelerate cloud-based application performance for our customers who are running business applications and demanding data and scientific workloads,” said Jin Li, vice president of Alibaba Cloud. “Another key value of FPGAs is that they provide high performance at low power, and the flexibility for managing diverse computing workloads.”

“Our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud brings forward FPGA-based accelerator capabilities and tools that will be offered to developers and end users as they work on large and intense computing workloads,” said John Sakamoto, vice president, Communications and Data Center Solutions, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “A public cloud environment offers developers a place to start the FPGA journey, with virtually no initial capital outlay and a low-risk environment to experiment, that can scale to meet growing capacity requirements.”

As part of the Intel deployment, Alibaba Cloud users will have access to the Acceleration Stack for Intel® Xeon® CPU with FPGAs, which offers a common developer interface, abstracted hardware design, and development tools that support hardware or software development flows (OpenCL™ or RTL) that the developer is most familiar with. Users will also have access to a rich ecosystem of IP for genomics, machine learning, data analytics, cyber security, financial computation and video transcoding.

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Intel FPGAs Power Acceleration-as-a-Service for Alibaba Cloud

Intel today announced that Intel® field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are now powering the Acceleration-as-a-Service of Alibaba Cloud*, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group. The acceleration service, which can be launched from the Alibaba Cloud website, enables customers to develop and deploy accelerator solutions in the cloud for Artificial Intelligence inference, video streaming analytics, database acceleration and other fields where intense computing is required.

The Acceleration-as-a-Service with Intel FPGAs, also known as Alibaba Cloud’s F1 Instance, provides users access to cloud acceleration in a pay-as-you go model, with no need for upfront hardware investments.

“Intel FPGAs offer us a more cost-effective way to accelerate cloud-based application performance for our customers who are running business applications and demanding data and scientific workloads,” said Jin Li, vice president of Alibaba Cloud. “Another key value of FPGAs is that they provide high performance at low power, and the flexibility for managing diverse computing workloads.”

“Our collaboration with Alibaba Cloud brings forward FPGA-based accelerator capabilities and tools that will be offered to developers and end users as they work on large and intense computing workloads,” said John Sakamoto, vice president, Communications and Data Center Solutions, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “A public cloud environment offers developers a place to start the FPGA journey, with virtually no initial capital outlay and a low-risk environment to experiment, that can scale to meet growing capacity requirements.”

As part of the Intel deployment, Alibaba Cloud users will have access to the Acceleration Stack for Intel® Xeon® CPU with FPGAs, which offers a common developer interface, abstracted hardware design, and development tools that support hardware or software development flows (OpenCL™ or RTL) that the developer is most familiar with. Users will also have access to a rich ecosystem of IP for genomics, machine learning, data analytics, cyber security, financial computation and video transcoding.

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Intel Eases Use of FPGA Acceleration: Combines Platforms, Software Stack and Ecosystem Solutions to Maximize Performance and Lower Data Center Costs

Today, Intel announced a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads.

Complex data-intensive applications in the areas of genomics, finance, industry 4.0 and other disciplines are pushing the boundaries of data center capabilities. Intel® FPGA-based acceleration exploits massively parallelized hardware offloading to maximize performance and power efficiency of data centers.

The new solution abstracts the complexities of implementation to enable architects and developers to quickly develop and deploy power-efficient acceleration of a variety of applications and workloads.

This consists of three major elements:

  • Intel-qualified FPGA acceleration platforms that operate seamlessly with Intel® Xeon® CPUs
  • The Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs that provide industry standard frameworks, interfaces and optimized libraries
  • Growing ecosystem of market-specific solutions

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The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA plugs into a server to accelerate workloads. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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As the first in a family of Intel® Programmable Acceleration Cards, today Intel is unveiling the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with the Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA enabled by the acceleration stack.

This new platform approach enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Dell EMC, to offer Intel Xeon processor-based server acceleration solutions with their unique value add.

“Dell EMC continues to be committed to delivering technology that helps our customers transform their business and IT,” said Brian Payne, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Solutions Division, Dell EMC. “With this collaboration, Dell EMC and Intel are combining a reliable platform with an emerging software ecosystem that provides a new technology capability for customers to unlock their business potential.”

“Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA is sampling now and is expected to be broadly available in the first half of 2018.

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Intel Eases Use of FPGA Acceleration: Combines Platforms, Software Stack and Ecosystem Solutions to Maximize Performance and Lower Data Center Costs

Today, Intel announced a comprehensive hardware and software platform solution to enable faster deployment of customized field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based acceleration of networking, storage and computing workloads.

Complex data-intensive applications in the areas of genomics, finance, industry 4.0 and other disciplines are pushing the boundaries of data center capabilities. Intel® FPGA-based acceleration exploits massively parallelized hardware offloading to maximize performance and power efficiency of data centers.

The new solution abstracts the complexities of implementation to enable architects and developers to quickly develop and deploy power-efficient acceleration of a variety of applications and workloads.

This consists of three major elements:

  • Intel-qualified FPGA acceleration platforms that operate seamlessly with Intel® Xeon® CPUs
  • The Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs that provide industry standard frameworks, interfaces and optimized libraries
  • Growing ecosystem of market-specific solutions

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The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA plugs into a server to accelerate workloads. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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As the first in a family of Intel® Programmable Acceleration Cards, today Intel is unveiling the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with the Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA enabled by the acceleration stack.

This new platform approach enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), such as Dell EMC, to offer Intel Xeon processor-based server acceleration solutions with their unique value add.

“Dell EMC continues to be committed to delivering technology that helps our customers transform their business and IT,” said Brian Payne, vice president, Product Management and Marketing, Server Solutions Division, Dell EMC. “With this collaboration, Dell EMC and Intel are combining a reliable platform with an emerging software ecosystem that provides a new technology capability for customers to unlock their business potential.”

“Intel is making it easier for server equipment makers such as Dell EMC to exploit FPGA technology for data acceleration as a ready-to-use platform,” said Dan McNamara, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. “With our ecosystem partners, we are enabling the industry with point solutions with a substantial boost in performance while preserving power and cost budgets.”

The Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA is sampling now and is expected to be broadly available in the first half of 2018.

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Putting ‘Data Front and Center’ of Innovation in the Enterprise-Class Cloud

Doug FisherBy Doug Fisher

Data is a powerful force – one that is transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. Intel’s transformation into a data-driven company means that we deliver technological advancements to enable our customers to extract the maximum value from data. This, in turn, helps them grow and transform their businesses.

Nowhere was the importance of data more obvious than this weekend at Oracle OpenWorld. At every turn, as I prepared for my Oct. 1 keynote, data was at the heart and soul of our future and the future of our partners. For more than 25 years, Intel and Oracle have collaborated on solutions that drive technological innovation and transformation to support the enterprise-class cloud. I outlined in my keynote how data is revolutionizing businesses, networks and cloud computing.

For example, companies such as Perform Group are revolutionizing the sports industry by leveraging big data and artificial intelligence (AI). Joao Cerqueira, big data solutions architect at Perform Group, joined me on stage to share recent breakthroughs, including using real-time video analytics to analyze player movements, making it possible to prevent injuries and improve performance.

Data Driving Innovation in Network and Enterprise Cloud

With massive amounts of data constantly in motion that must be readily available, 5G networks will be essential. To unlock the potential of 5G tomorrow, businesses must transform their networks today. That includes broad-scale deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDNs). Communications service providers will also require network agility and efficiency in the face of new 5G service demands.

Communication service providers such as AT&T understand the impact this will have. Melissa Arnoldi, senior executive vice president for AT&T Technology & Operations, joined me during my keynote to share how AT&T recognized the need to transform its network to be successful and remain competitive. They continue to collaborate across the industry in area such as SDN, NFV and cloud technologies. They have also collaborated with Intel and Oracle to move thousands of large-scale databases to the Oracle Cloud, running on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Next, enterprises must handle new data workloads and seamlessly move among public, private and hybrid clouds. Likewise, cloud service providers must continue to improve performance, security and agility across their infrastructures.

That is why Intel introduced the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in July: the biggest data center platform advancement in a decade. The new processor family enables data center transformation with the features customers need to take advantage of data-driven opportunities.

With Intel architecture fueling Oracle solutions, Oracle can cater to any workload – traditional applications as well as cloud native workloads of high-performance use cases – to support the needs of their customers.

Additionally, at OpenWorld, I shared more on Oracle’s exciting deployment in a test environment of Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)-based encryption and decryption solutions, including an early pre-release prototype board that we are calling the Intel® Arria 10 FPGA-Based SmartNIC. It pairs an Intel® Arria™ 10 FPGA with an Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710. This will enable the combined benefits of our most advanced Ethernet technology with the flexibility of our FPGAs for customized workloads – in this case, encryption.

I demonstrated this early pre-release prototype board that delivered the same unencrypted performance levels for data with full encryption, with no degradation to the performance of the CPU. This makes it possible for organizations to maximize the CPU for business-critical, revenue-generating applications without the CPU overhead of encryption. It is truly an amazing development.

Finally, Intel and Oracle are collaborating to revolutionize how data is managed, specifically by evolving in-memory computing. Intel and Oracle demonstrated pre-release Intel persistent memory working in two different systems with actual Oracle workloads. Unlike conventional DRAM, the future Intel persistent memory is big, affordable and persistent, and much higher performance than SSDs for persistent data. The preliminary results show great promise, including the ability to rapidly gain insights on large datasets while detecting fraud, data theft and network intrusion.

Well-established industries are in the midst of large-scale transformation as a result of the pervasiveness of data – it is exciting to deliver such technological advancements from Intel and our partners to enable them to address the opportunities ahead. As the development of world-changing innovations like enterprise-class cloud computing continue to accelerate the pace of change at work, home and everywhere in between, it may not always be clear where the future is going. But it is clear that this is where that future begins: data.

Doug Fisher is senior vice president and general manager of the Intel Software and Services Group (SSG). Follow him on Twitter at @DougWFisher.

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Putting ‘Data Front and Center’ of Innovation in the Enterprise-Class Cloud

Doug FisherBy Doug Fisher

Data is a powerful force – one that is transforming nearly every aspect of our lives. Intel’s transformation into a data-driven company means that we deliver technological advancements to enable our customers to extract the maximum value from data. This, in turn, helps them grow and transform their businesses.

Nowhere was the importance of data more obvious than this weekend at Oracle OpenWorld. At every turn, as I prepared for my Oct. 1 keynote, data was at the heart and soul of our future and the future of our partners. For more than 25 years, Intel and Oracle have collaborated on solutions that drive technological innovation and transformation to support the enterprise-class cloud. I outlined in my keynote how data is revolutionizing businesses, networks and cloud computing.

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For example, companies such as Perform Group are revolutionizing the sports industry by leveraging big data and artificial intelligence (AI). Joao Cerqueira, big data solutions architect at Perform Group, joined me on stage to share recent breakthroughs, including using real-time video analytics to analyze player movements, making it possible to prevent injuries and improve performance.

Data Driving Innovation in Network and Enterprise Cloud

With massive amounts of data constantly in motion that must be readily available, 5G networks will be essential. To unlock the potential of 5G tomorrow, businesses must transform their networks today. That includes broad-scale deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networks (SDNs). Communications service providers will also require network agility and efficiency in the face of new 5G service demands.

Communication service providers such as AT&T understand the impact this will have. Melissa Arnoldi, senior executive vice president for AT&T Technology & Operations, joined me during my keynote to share how AT&T recognized the need to transform its network to be successful and remain competitive. They continue to collaborate across the industry in area such as SDN, NFV and cloud technologies. They have also collaborated with Intel and Oracle to move thousands of large-scale databases to the Oracle Cloud, running on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Next, enterprises must handle new data workloads and seamlessly move among public, private and hybrid clouds. Likewise, cloud service providers must continue to improve performance, security and agility across their infrastructures.

That is why Intel introduced the Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in July: the biggest data center platform advancement in a decade. The new processor family enables data center transformation with the features customers need to take advantage of data-driven opportunities.

With Intel architecture fueling Oracle solutions, Oracle can cater to any workload – traditional applications as well as cloud native workloads of high-performance use cases – to support the needs of their customers.

Additionally, at OpenWorld, I shared more on Oracle’s exciting deployment in a test environment of Intel field programmable gate arrays (FPGA)-based encryption and decryption solutions, including an early pre-release prototype board that we are calling the Intel® Arria 10 FPGA-Based SmartNIC. It pairs an Intel® Arria™ 10 FPGA with an Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710. This will enable the combined benefits of our most advanced Ethernet technology with the flexibility of our FPGAs for customized workloads – in this case, encryption.

I demonstrated this early pre-release prototype board that delivered the same unencrypted performance levels for data with full encryption, with no degradation to the performance of the CPU. This makes it possible for organizations to maximize the CPU for business-critical, revenue-generating applications without the CPU overhead of encryption. It is truly an amazing development.

Finally, Intel and Oracle are collaborating to revolutionize how data is managed, specifically by evolving in-memory computing. Intel and Oracle demonstrated pre-release Intel persistent memory working in two different systems with actual Oracle workloads. Unlike conventional DRAM, the future Intel persistent memory is big, affordable and persistent, and much higher performance than SSDs for persistent data. The preliminary results show great promise, including the ability to rapidly gain insights on large datasets while detecting fraud, data theft and network intrusion.

Well-established industries are in the midst of large-scale transformation as a result of the pervasiveness of data – it is exciting to deliver such technological advancements from Intel and our partners to enable them to address the opportunities ahead. As the development of world-changing innovations like enterprise-class cloud computing continue to accelerate the pace of change at work, home and everywhere in between, it may not always be clear where the future is going. But it is clear that this is where that future begins: data.

Doug Fisher is senior vice president and general manager of the Intel Software and Services Group (SSG). Follow him on Twitter at @DougWFisher.

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Intel to Showcase How FPGAs Enable Factory Automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

WHEN: November 22-24, 2016
WHERE: SPS IPC Drives, Nuremberg, Germany
WHAT: Intel will demonstrate solutions for industrial settings at SPS IPC Drives, in Nuremberg, Germany, from Nov. 22-24 (Hall 3 Stand 270). Plant managers can use semiconductors known as field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), as well as Intel’s portfolio of core hardware and software, to help factory operators accelerate their IIoT innovation and arrive at the goal of Industry 4.0 – a more secure, connected, interoperable, efficient and safe operation.

Fact Sheet: Intel FPGAs Accelerate IoT Innovation

Intel and its technology partners will demonstrate FPGA-based advancements as follows:

  • Miniaturized Smart Factory featuring the critical elements needed to support a factory floor to enterprise architecture, including enterprise analytics, real-time control, connectivity (TSN), interoperability (OPC UA) and end-to-end security (SSL) features.
  • Innovative, time-saving motor control algorithm development environment presented by Intel and Mathworks* in a live demonstration of the features and capabilities of such a workflow on real hardware.
  • New multi-axis motor/motion/energy development platform enabling quick, flexible application development. Platform features include dual-axis configuration, bi-directional converters and multiple feedback options.
  • Vision platform highlighting capabilities in machine vision, image processing and video transport. The platform offers scalable image processing that can be implemented in hardware or software (programming in Open CL, Open CV and Open VX).
  • Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) platform that provides real-time, deterministic, performance critical for high-speed, precise control applications using an innovative graphical user interface (GUI) employed to schedule/configure TSN network elements.
  • Secure endpoint featuring hardware-accelerated security operations. This solution provides a trusted execution environment facilitating a hardware root of trust for security operations.
  • Safety application featuring a robot arm controlled by a software processor running on an FPGA, demonstrating advanced safety modes such as SS1, SS2.
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