VIA CenTaur razvija višejezgreni x86 procesor za Enterprise s ugrađenim AI hardverom



Tasting Intel's blood in the water with AMD's return to competitiveness, dormant x86 licensee VIA wants to take another swing at the market, this time with a multi-core processor targeted at enterprises and possibly workstations, developed by its subsidiary CenTaur. The company appears to want to cash in on the AI boom, and could develop turnkey facial-recognition CCTV solutions with the chip. CenTaur is ready with a working prototype. It features eight 64-bit x86 CPU cores, and an on-die 'AI co-processor' named NCORE. A ringbus connects the eight CPU cores and the NCORE with the processor's other components. The processor features 16 MB of shared L3 cache, a quad-channel DDR4-3200 memory interface, and a 44-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root-complex, along with a fully integrated southbridge, making it an SoC. It also appears to be multi-socket capable, although VIA didn't detail the interconnect in use.

NCORE je PCI-mapirani uređaj softvera, koji pruža funkcije kao što su izgradnja DNN-a i ubrzanje treninga. Izgleda da NCORE može učiniti više od jednostavnog hardvera s fiksnom funkcijom koji množi matrice. Razvojni programeri navode da uređaj ubrzava AI brzinom od '20 trilijuna AI operacija / sec s propusnom memorijom od 20 terabajta / sec. ' Procesorska jezgra na procesoru otkucava na 2,50 GHz, a iako VIA nije postavila nikakve tvrdnje o IPC-u, spomenuo je podršku za vrhunski set uputa AVX-512, nešto što čak nedostaje i „Zen 2“, što možda ukazuje na moćan FPU. Silikon mjeri 195 mm², a ugrađen je na 16 nm FinFET čvor u TSMC-u. VIA će demonstrirati neimenovani procesor i njegov testni test na ISC East 2019, održanom 20. i 21. studenog.
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