The Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is completely different from today’s CPU and GPU processors. It is a highly flexible, easy to use, parallel processor that has been designed from the ground up to deliver state of the art performance on current machine intelligence models for both training and inference. But more importantly, the IPU has been designed to allow new and emerging machine intelligence workloads to be realized.
The Dell DSS8440, the first Graphcore IPU server, is now available to order from Dell. The Graphcore IPU is unique in keeping the entire machine learning knowledge model inside the processor. With 16 IPU processors, all connected with IPU-Link™ technology in a server, an IPU system has over 100,000 completely independent programs, all working in parallel on the machine intelligence knowledge model.