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4k RISC-V cores on 7nm chip

Postby 8l » Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:50 am

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/big-te ... 36011.html

Esperanto Technologies president and CEO Dave Ditzel today made the first public disclosure of Esperanto's development of energy-efficient computing solutions for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning applications based on the open standard RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). During his presentation at the 7th RISC-V Workshop, "Industrial strength high-performance RISC-V processors for energy-efficient computing," Ditzel unveiled the company's plans to deliver RISC-V based computing solutions that will achieve both the highest levels of performance and energy-efficiency for artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

"Esperanto's goal is to make RISC-V the architecture of choice for the most demanding AI and machine learning applications which will drive computing innovation for the next decade," said Ditzel. "By designing in leading-edge 7nm CMOS and with the simplicity of the RISC-V architecture, we can fit over four thousand full 64-bit cores each with vector accelerators on a single chip. By basing our chip on RISC-V we can take advantage of the growing software base of operating systems, compilers and applications. RISC-V is so simple and extensible that we can deliver world class TeraFlop levels of computing without needing to resort to proprietary instruction sets, thereby greatly increasing software availability."

In his workshop presentation, Ditzel disclosed an overall technology direction for Esperanto's first System-on-Chip designs, including:

Artificial Intelligence supercomputer-on-a-chip designed with leading edge 7nm CMOS
16 "ET-Maxion" 64-bit RISC-V cores for highest single thread performance
4096 "ET-Minion" energy-efficient RISC-V cores each with vector floating point unit
Based on the 64-bit open and free RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture

During his talk, Ditzel also noted that in addition to selling its AI supercomputer chip, the company will license its high-performance ET-Maxion and ET-Minion cores to help proliferate the RISC-V architecture.
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Re: 4k RISC-V cores on 7nm chip

Postby dobkeratops » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:34 am

very interesting, i hope it makes it to the mainstream...
it would be interesting to know how this compares in ideas to the epiphany.. does it use PGAS or message passing instead, etc. did I remember right it uses vector accelerators aswell ? (I've heard of the risc-v HWACHA engine)
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