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AMD Will Release Dedicated GPUs to Accelerate Machine Learning Applications

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AMD will offer dedicated solutions to tackle the artificial intelligence, machine learning niches. AMD Radeon Instinct is the name of the new family of GPUs aimed at the high-performance computing market. 

We all love video games, products of the ever-rising entertainment industry that allow us to enjoy our free time without having to leave our homes. Computer games demand intensive computing power, and that’s why GPUs exist. But this time AMD, one of the two dominant companies in the sector, has decided to unveil a GPU and software solution to accelerate the cutting-edge AI, machine learning sector.

The Sunnyvale-based company will offer a product range comprised of professional-grade GPUs to enter a market that promises to innovate in fields such as transport, logistics, and even art. AMD will release three new solutions during 2017.

Radeon Instinct is the name of the new GPUs that will be released along an open source software library to train neural networks and take advantage of the computing power that the new GPUs will bring. The first card will be the Radeon Instinct MI6, based on the Polaris architecture, and will offer 5,7 teraflops of processing power. It also comes with 224 Gbps of memory bandwidth and 16GB of video memory.

A more compact MI8 will be released (small form factor), featuring the Fiji architecture with a little bit more throughput at 8,2 teraflops, doubling the bandwidth to 512 Gbps, but with more power consumption. Finally, AMD has unveiled the MI25, one of the first products using the new Vega architecture. This monster will have 25 teraflops of performance and a TDP of 300W power consumption.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is an American semiconductor company based in California, USA, that develops computer processors for the consumer and enterprise markets. AMD has been around for 47 years and is one of the two companies holding x86 CPU patents, meaning that only they and Intel can manufacture the processors we all have on our personal computers.

The company acquired ATI in 2006, a purchase that allowed AMD to enter the Graphic Processing Unit market. GPUs are responsible for accelerating video and image processing in PCs, smartphones, tablets, and virtually anything containing a screen.

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