RESEARCH PAPER: The Graphcore Software Stack: Built To Scale

By Patrick Moorhead, Karl Freund - May 26, 2020

Software for new processor designs is critical to enabling application deployment and optimizing performance. UK-based startup Graphcore, a provider of silicon for application acceleration, places significant emphasis on software, dedicating roughly half its engineering staff to the challenge. Graphcore’s Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) utilizes the expression of an algorithm as a directed graph, and the company’s Poplar software stack translates models and algorithms into those graphs for execution. The software simplifies adoption of the chip for AI and parallel computing, making it vital to the company’s success. This paper explores the benefits provided by the company’s software and discusses how these capabilities could speed development and deployment of applications that run on Graphcore IPUs.

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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A Brief Overview Of The Intelligence Processing Unit
  • The Graphcore Software Platform
  • Deployment: Industry Standard Tools And Platforms
  • Figure 1: The Graphcore Intelligent Processor
  • Figure 2: The Graphcore Software Platform
  • Figure 3: Graphcore's Poplar Libraries
  • Figure 4: Graphcore Ecosystem Support

Companies Cited

  • Cirrascale
  • Dell Technologies
  • Graphcore
  • Microsoft
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.

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