Intel Strikes Back at NVIDIA – Claims Untethered Dominance of Xeon Chips in A.I. Servers

Omar Sohail
Posted Aug 23, 2016
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The market share of Intel for server-based processors is legendary, and in order to remind NVIDIA of the firm grip that the chip manufacturer has been able to maintain for years, a lesson in chip dominance was preached by the company and its executives.

NVIDIA Claims Making Breakthroughs in Data Centers – Intel Hits Back Saying Company Holds Less Than a 3 Percent Market Share of This Market

NVIDIA has stated that the groundbreaking work that the company has poured into data centers with its GP-GPU computing initiatives has provided substantial fruit for the company’s efforts, but Intel is not convinced at the slightest. According to a blog post, Jason Waxman, the corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Solutions Group at Intel, states that the company currently dominates the market for artificial intelligence servers, giving further proof that the firm currently possess a 97 percent market share of A.I. hardware.

He also pointed out that less than 3 percent of these servers are actually running a GPU, and promises to stay ahead of the game concerning the leading edge of computing. Other individuals have also started to vouch for the largest desktop and server processor manufacturer as Pedro Domingos, a professor at the University of Washington said the following:

“Intel is in the leading position to bring us the hardware and the architectures to foster this open community that we really do need to make progress.”

In order to stay heavily competitive after NVIDIA unveiled its Pascal Tesla P100 that boasted over 20 TFLOPS of FP16 performance, Intel responded with the announcement of its Xeon Phi processor, which has been code-named Knights Mill, and will come next year with a major focus towards A.I. Waxman has also stated that while A.I. is relatively new, the company believes that it will become one of the catalysts that will be the driving force of tomorrow’s data centers. NVIDIA even decides to rectify Intel’s comments about the benchmarking results for the A.I. systems, to which the company responded by saying the following:

“It’s completely understandable why this data, coupled with Intel’s history of successfully bringing new, advanced technologies to market and our recent sizable investments, would concern our competitors. However, arguing over publicly available performance benchmarks is a waste of time. It’s Intel’s practice to base performance claims on the latest publicly available information at the time the claim is published, and we stand by our data.”

While there’s no question of Intel’s dominance in the server market, the war or words and sledging is far from over between the two giants. With NVIDIA ramping up work on the server market, Intel is about to get a taste of more healthy competition.

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