Graphcore Touts 100x ML Speedup with PCIe Plug-In

(Mcimage/Shutterstock) Graphcore emerged from stealth mode today with news of a $30 million Series A round to help finance ongoing development of its machine learning (ML) and deep learning acceleration solutions, including a PCIe card that plugs directly into a server’s bus. The company says the combination of its development framework, called Poplar, and its PCIe-based Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU) can speed up ML and deep learning workloads by 10x to 100x. The IPU card plugs into the PCI buses of standard X86 servers to provide a processing boost. Armed with multiple IPU cards, a company could enjoy the benefits of “massively parallel, low-precision floating-point compute” at “much higher compute densities” than other solutions. Graphcore is positioning its IPU cards to take on the workloads that some are looking to run…

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