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Intel to Develop New Machine Learning and AI Platform for DARPA

Today Intel announced that it has been selected by DARPA to collaborate on the development of a powerful new data-handling and computing platform that will leverage machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) techniques.

DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office created the Hierarchical Identify Verify & Exploit (HIVE) program to develop new technologies to realize 1,000x performance-per-watt gains in the ability to handle graph analytics.

By mid-2021, the goal of HIVE is to provide a 16-node demonstration platform showcasing 1,000x performance-per-watt improvement over today’s best-in-class hardware and software for graph analytics workloads,” said Dhiraj Mallick, vice president of the Data Center Group and general manager of the Innovation Pathfinding and Architecture Group at Intel. “Intel’s interest and focus in the area may lead to earlier commercial products featuring components of this pathfinding technology much sooner.”

Recently, Intel re-focused its AI efforts by creating a single organization, the Artificial Intelligence Products Group (AIPG), to drive the next wave of computing and transform the way businesses operate and how people engage in every aspect of life. Led by Naveen Rao, AIPG will align resources from across the company including engineering, labs, software and more, and build on the company’s current leading AI portfolio —the Intel Nervana platform—a full-stack of hardware and software AI offerings optimized for Intel’s customers.

Unlike traditional analytics that are tools to study “one to one” or “one to many” relationships, graph analytics can use algorithms to construct and process the world’s data organized in a “many to many” relationship – moving from immediate connections to multiple layers of indirect relationships. While some graphs are small and easy to visualize – such as a family tree – many graphs are vast and constantly changing, and they represent significant complex semantics – such as the evolving search list of every user on the planet for Amazon sales or Apple iTunes.

Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG), Platform Engineering Group (PEG) and Intel Labs will work as one of the hardware architecture research performers for DARPA HIVE, with a joint research program between Intel and DARPA valued at more than $100 million during a 4½-year effort.

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