Intel and Baidu have announced that they have formed a partnership to collaborate on Intel's Nervana Neural Network, which is a processor that is used to train AI systems. The processor was designed with the intention of training tasks for neural networks, in order to scale deep learning. The two organizations will pool resources on both hardware and software initiatives.
Intel's Nervana Neural Network processors were developed using technology from the Nervana company, which Intel acquired in 2016. Since the company was purchased, the processors were developed specifically for AI. The initial processors were released in 2017, and those models are currently being put to use to develop the next-gen versions. The next generation of processors is referred to as the 'Spring Crest' generation and will be released within the year.
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