Intel recently announced details on their forthcoming data center GPU, the Xe HPC, code named Ponte Vecchio (PVC). Intel daringly implied that the peak performance of the PVC GPU would be roughly twice that of today’s fastest GPU, the Nvidia A100. PVC and Sapphire Rapids (the multi-tile next-gen Xeon) are being used to build Aurora, the Argonne National Lab’s Exascale supercomputer, in 2022, so this technology should finally be just around the corner.Intel Lays Down The Gauntlet For AMD And Nvidia GPUs by Frobes
Intel is betting on this first-generation datacenter GPU for HPC to finally catch up with Nvidia and AMD, both for HPC (64-bit floating point) and AI (8 and 16-bit integer and 16-bit floating point). The Xe HPC device is a multi-tiled, multi-process-node package with new GPU cores, HBM2e memory, a new Xe Link interconnect, and PCIe Gen 5 implemented with over 100-billion transistors. That is nearly twice the size of the 54-billion Nvidia A100 chip. At that size, power consumption could be an issue at high frequencies. Nonetheless, the Xe design clearly demonstrates that Intel gets it; packaging smaller dies helps reduce development and manufacturing costs, and can improve time to market.
Intel started a brand new architecture, built for scalability and designed to take advantage of the most advanced silicon technologies: Xe HPC. With incredible hardware like Ponte Vecchio and an open, standards-based software stack in oneAPI, Intel is already seeing leadership performance in AI workloads like ResNet-50.