What simply occurred? Intel has posted a perplexing picture of an infinite socket-based graphics processor. No one had any thought what it was till Intel’s Raja Koduri known as it the “father of all.” That’s an in-house title for a particular Xe GPU. Intel Xe is an upcoming collection of GPUs encompassing each market you may think about.

This graphics processor is unusual. As you may see from the picture, from the skin it’s extra like a CPU than a GPU. It sits in a socket utilizing virtually three thousand pins. It has an built-in warmth spreader.

Inside, it’s like nothing we have seen earlier than. Using the AA battery for scale, the chip is about 4000mm2. If the energetic space is half that measurement, that is thrice the scale of an RTX 2080 Ti. It has “tens of billions” of transistors, whereas the RTX 2080 Ti has slightly below twenty billion.

But what kind of GPU is it? For the time being, this processor eludes classification as the data Intel has provided is contradictory. Koduri previously mentioned that the “father of all” is a Xe HP (excessive efficiency) product. Later on, he would also mention this chip helps BF16, a really area of interest AI acceleration compute format. BF16 is a confirmed, unique feature of Xe HPC (excessive efficiency compute). This chip might subsequently be a Xe HPC product…

This was known as the “baap of all” by our crew….The “Baahubali of all” is baking as nicely. Let’s hope the wait might be shorter than what @ssrajamouli put us via for @BaahubaliMovie 🙂 https://t.co/psWsIL5rnp

— Raja Koduri (@Rajaontheedge) May 2, 2020

Baap means father in Hindi, and Baahubali is a legendary hero of kinds. Xe is being developed in India.

The distinction between the 2 is substantial. Xe HP is oriented in the direction of gaming and workstations. Leaks pin the core counts at between 1024 and 4096. Xe HPC is for servers and optimized for AI and scientific work. The single HPC product below improvement is codenamed Ponte Vecchio, it’s mentioned to have 1024 cores, however is by far essentially the most highly effective accelerator Intel is creating by advantage of its advanced reminiscence subsystem and the number of cores and operations it helps. You can learn extra about this in our in-depth breakdown on Xe.

While neither HP nor HPC will be dominated out definitively, the character of the latter appears extra appropriate to the brand new thriller processor. It can be fairly unusual for a gaming/workstation processor to be prototyped in a socket-based format, whereas Ponte Vecchio has already been depicted in what might be a socket.

Further, from early schematics and shows, Ponte Vecchio might be anticipated to be unprecedentedly massive as a result of inclusion of the high-footprint RAMBO cache and onboard HBM2 (or HBM2E). There isn’t any purpose to anticipate a HP product to be so massive.

Regardless of what precisely this GPU is, the “father of all” will undoubtedly have the mom of all value tags, so that you’d higher begin saving. Xe HP will launch someday this 12 months and Ponte Vecchio might be prepared in late 2021.