Is Open Source The AI Nirvana for Intel?

While at first Intel appears to be catching up in the race to develop chips optimised for AI, looking deeper reveals a broader, longer term strategy to develop open code allowing any competing or complimentary framework (Tendorflow, Caffe, MXNet, etc.) to run at optimum efficiency on their hardware. Back to those chips (and the dodgy performance charts) – the authors of this article point out that you get better single chip performance from hardware 3 generations old compared to the newest silicone – although the real measure isn't single chip, but how to scale out complex models across "farms" of devices, as the big boys (e.g. Facebook) do.
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Intel has been making some interesting moves in the community space recently, including free licenses for its compiler suite for educators and open source contributors can now be had, as can rotating…