Datacenters, especially the really big guys known as the Super 7 (Alibaba,, Baidu, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Tencent), are experiencing significant growth in key workloads that require more performance than can squeezed out of even the fastest CPUs. Applications such as Deep Neural Networks (DNN) for Artificial Intelligences (AIs), complex data analytics, 4K live streaming video and advanced networking and security features are increasingly being offloaded to super-fast accelerators that can provide 10X or more the performance of a CPU. NVIDIA GPUs in particular have benefited enormously from the training portion of machine learning, reporting a 193% Y/Y last quarter in their datacenter segment, which is now approaching a $1B run-rate business. Microsoft has recently announced that Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) accelerators have become pervasive in their datacenters. Soon after, announced that Baidu is using their devices for acceleration of machine learning applied to speech processing and autonomous vehicles.
Dec-13-2016, 20:00:04 GMT