Intel Corporation addresses developers challenges to make their lives easier with more cloud and AI

At Intel Innovation on Sept. 27, 2022, Intel revealed its new 13th Gen Intel Core processor family powered by Intel’s performance hybrid architecture. The new processor family launched with six new unlocked desktop processors. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel hoping to ease complexities for developers with more cloud and AI

  • The new Intel Geti platform enables businesses to develop and deploy computer vision rapidly and effectively
  • The Intel Developer Cloud will make new and upcoming hardware platforms, such as the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs (Sapphire Rapids) and Intel Data Center GPUs, available for pre-launch development and testing

Since the development of hardware and software has become so embedded in people’s daily lives, the interaction with the user frequently has a direct bearing on the effectiveness of a company’s business operations or, more importantly, on the experience that its customers eventually have. This calls for giving developers the freedom to try new things, be agile, and push the limits of what they believe is possible. Intel Corporation has a range of products that can help them do this.

At Intel’s second annual Innovation event, hardware and software developers gathered to hear about the company’s most recent efforts to create an ecosystem based on the principles of openness, choice, and trust — from promoting open standards to make “systems of chips” feasible at the silicon level to enabling effective and portable multi-architecture artificial intelligence.

Additionally, Intel presented a wide range of new tools, programs, and services designed to help its extensive developer community in overcoming obstacles and producing the next wave of innovation.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger expresses that “in the next decade, we will see the continued digitization of everything. Five foundational technology superpowers — compute, connectivity, infrastructure, AI and sensing — will profoundly shape how we experience the world.”

Developers that are interested in both hardware and software will build this future, claims Gelsinger. They are the real magicians that expand what is possible; and fostering an open ecosystem is at the core of Intel’s evolution, and the developer community is crucial to their success.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. (Source – Intel)

Intel Corporation on boosting developers’ productivity

Vendor lock-in, access to the newest hardware, productivity, time-to-market, and security are just a few of the challenges that developers encounter.

Therefore, Intel has announced that they are building a true developer cloud environment with bare metal or other access that will give users access to the newest Intel technologies – as well as NDA developers who have been selected to have access to the newest and latest technologies in a cloud environment before they are even made available in the public cloud.

“This allows developers to have their applications ready to exploit the advantages of the new and the latest technologies and bring that to their users as fast as humanly possible,” said Joe Curley, VP and GM of Software Products & Ecosystem, Software and Advanced Technology Group (SATG).

The Intel Developer Cloud, which was initially launched as a limited beta trial, has grown to provide developers and partners with early and effective access to Intel technologies, from a few months to a full year before the release of a product.

Several of Intel’s most recent platforms, including the Habana Gaudi 2 deep learning accelerators, the 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Sapphire Rapids), the 4th Gen Intel Xeon processors with high bandwidth memory (HBM), the Intel Xeon D processors, the Intel Data Center GPU (code-named Ponte Vecchio) and Intel® Data Center GPU Flex Series, will be available for beta testing in the coming weeks.

Developing AI models faster and easier

AI modelling is still time-consuming, costly, and highly specialized. According to Adam Burns, VP and Director of AI Developer Tools in the Network and Edge Group (NEX), only about half of AI projects are actually implemented, with the remaining half being abandoned because of prohibitive associated costs, a lack of resources, siloed workplaces, and ineffective processes that produce low-quality, unusable models that cannot be deployed.

From a business perspective, this essentially results in wasted time and money and is a major roadblock to the widespread adoption of AI.

Hence, Intel announced the launch of Intel Geti, a brand-new enterprise software offering (formerly Sonoma Creek). Anyone working in the enterprise can easily create AI models that boost business innovation and digital transformation using the Intel Geti platform for computer vision.

“This platform helps to make adoption of AI and computer vision attainable for the enterprise,” said Burns. “Intel Geti’s intuitive and approachable, and it lets data scientists and domain experts who may not have an extensive AI or machine learning background, collaborate to quickly and easily build high quality computer vision models. Together, it can likely solve business problems at hand.”

Other key announcements that Gelsinger presented includes:

  • A new standard for desktop processor performance: With up to 15% faster single-threaded performance and up to 41% greater multi-threaded performance gen-over-gen, 13th Gen Intel Core desktop CPUs, headed by the flagship Intel Core i9-13900K, allow users better gaming, create, and work.
  • Intel Arc GPUs for gamers: On October 12, the Intel Arc A770 GPU will be sold at retail starting at $329, offering compelling content production and 1440p gaming performance.
  • A high-fidelity AI boost for games: More than 20 games will use XeSS, or Xe Super Sampling, a gaming performance accelerator that works with both Intel discrete and integrated graphics. XeSS is now rolling out to existing games through updates.
  • Data center acceleration, on demand: Several accelerators for AI, analytics, networking, storage, and other demanding applications are included in 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

There is still more innovation to come. Intel will keep bringing the newest tools and technology to help their broad ecosystem of developers to overcome obstacles and produce new innovations.