Karl Freund

Cerebras Unveils AI Supercomputer-On-A-Chip

Today unicorn startup Cerebras disclosed a few details about the wafer-scale AI chip it has been keeping under wraps for some three years. While many unanswered questions remain, the new approach could mark a significant milestone in the semiconductor industry, where chips have historically been constrained by the size of a single chip’s mask. Basically, …

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Xilinx Reveals More Versal Details

Xilinx held an “Innovation Day” event this week to share more details about the technologies the company hopes will forge a larger footprint in the data center. After listening to eight presentations and having intriguing discussions with the company’s leading technologists, some of which I actually understood, I think I have a better appreciation of both …

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World-Record AI Chip Announced By Habana Labs

Out of the tsunami of AI chip startups that hit the scene in the last few years, Israeli startup Habana Labs stands out from the crowd. The company surprised and impressed many with the announcement last fall of a chip designed to process a trained neural network (a task called “inference”) with record performance at …

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NovuMind: An Early AI Chip Startup

Last fall, a bit of nerdy controversy arose around AI chip startup NovuMind when the company announced its first low-power chip for processing neural networks. The company claimed that its patented design could natively process 3-D tensor data far more efficiently than other designs that require pre-processing the 3D tensors into 2D matrices. NovuMind portrayed …

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AMD And Cray Win Frontier Supercomputer DOE Deal

When I was a VP at AMD in 2016, I worked with a talented team on a new supercomputing platform that married AMD EPYC with Radeon Instinct GPUs, interconnected over the AMD Infinity Fabric. While that product was shelved, a successor of that idea will power what will likely be the fastest supercomputer in the world, called …

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