Intel and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have announced an investment of € 400 million in a new lab dedicated to developing RISC-V. Processors.
The facility focuses on building RISC-V-based CPUs to power high-performance computing (HPC) systems, as well as specialized chips for artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
Its goal is to launch jettoscale-class systems that are almost 1,000x more powerful than The fastest supercomputers todayIntel aims to achieve a milestone in the next five years.
“High-performance computing is key to solving some of the most challenging problems in the world, and we at Intel have the ambitious goal of breaking into the jettoscale era for HPC. [sic]”Said Jeff McVeigh, VP & GM of Intel’s Supercomput Group.
“The Barcelona Supercomputing Center shares our vision for this goal, with an equal emphasis on sustainability and openness. We are excited to partner with them to embark on this journey.
Intel and RISC-V
RISC-V is a free, open source instruction set built around the same design principles as the proprietary cores of the Architecture (ISA) arm. Currently, RISC-V-based processors are much cheaper than arm or x86-based chips, but the momentum seems to be accelerating.
It may come as a surprise to some that Intel, the custodian of x86, is embracing RISC-V-based processors, but there are many methods of madness.
Power ratio for Amazon’s Gravitan series and other arm-based performance Server Chips are proof enough that the upper end of the RISC-V performance spectrum may have a future, not just in low-power devices.
In order for Intel to maintain its strong market position in the HPC and Data Center, it makes sense for the company to explore more options than the x86, even if the RISC-V increase eventually leads to a decline in licensing revenue.
The latest investment is as follows a $ 1 billion pledge Rebuilt in February, it looks at Intel offer support for various companies in the RISC-V ecosystem. The focus will be on laying the foundations for modular products that use multiple ISAs.
As part of the same announcement, Intel revealed that RISC-V will be a member of RISC-V International, a non-profit organization that presides over ISA and extensions.
Intel’s new RISC-V launches do not indicate a reduction in spending on x86-based designs. But they are also showing that the company is pushing itself hard for a potential future where the x86 is no longer the top dog.