Back in November, Intel detailed its supercomputer desire with Ponte Vecchio — a 7nm GPU worked with the Intel Xe architecture. Presently, Intel’s maiden data center graphics card has shown up in pre-alpha structure, as per enlistment on the EEC, path in front of its 2021 release window.
The Ponte Vecchio RVP (reference approval stage) GPU is likely a long way from the Xe chip that will one day advance into the US Department of Energy’s Aurora supercomputer in 2021—controlled by Intel Xe, OneAPI, and Sapphire Rapids Xeon CPUs. It’s not yet conceivable to state what state Ponte Vecchio is in. All we know is that Intel’s purportedly working up to a “V5” rendition of the would-be GPU, and arrives in a natural structure factor as an included card.
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The EEC posting affirms three variations of a Ponte Vecchio RVP AIC card: GAPV3KI2TC, GAPV4KI2TC, and GAPV5KE2TC. Every one of the three is recorded as “pre-alpha”.
At Ponte Vecchio’s center are Intel Xe, the general graphics architecture that is set for its first public release with Tiger Lake chips, and presumably a discrete GPU, in the not so distant future.
Ponte Vecchio contrasts from these customer parts in several different ways, nonetheless. For one, it’s manufactured utilizing the full-fat Intel Xe-HPC architecture, rather than the Xe-HP and Xe-LP architecture subsets for expert and gaming applications. It has practical experience in modeling, simulation, and AI workloads.
And keeping in mind that Intel Tiger Lake and companions will are gotten ready for the 10nm procedure hub, Ponte Vecchio will come in 7nm attire. It is additionally set to consolidate a significant number of Intel’s creating advancements, for example, Foveros 3D and EMIB bundling tech and the CXL-based Xe Link interconnect.
Intel’s clearly defines itself grand objectives for Intel Xe, joining numerous generally untried and untested innovations into a solitary item and setting itself a short window to complete it by. In any case, whatever state Ponte Vecchio may be in today, these pre-alpha cards are an indication of development from the Xe graphics group after a tranquil fix in the wake of CES.