Intel adds driver support for VPU on its Meteor Lake CPUs

Phoronix reported that Intel released a new Linux operating system driver that includes VPU support for the meteor sea CPUs. VPU, commonly known as Versatile processing unit is a new technology that will be presented at the 14th gen Intel CPUs.

What is VPU?

VPU stands for Versatile processing unit. It’s an AI integration that was rumored to be in Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs last year. It helps boost AI performance and behaves similar to Apple Neural connection. Since it’s mounted on the die itself, a massive boost in deep learning performance should be expected.

Meteor Lake will have an integrated VPU accelerator. It’s similar to the Neural in the Apple M1 for speech recognition, speech models, and a whole host of apps up to the launch of Meteor Lake.

— Moore’s Law is dead

consider VPU how NVIDIA’s tensor cores. While it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, it does give an idea of ​​what intel Plans. As far as I can tell, Intel isn’t aiming for more powerful cores, but rather for spreading tasks across many cores. That Gracemont cores used in Erlensee For example, the performance has been massively increased.

To put this in perspective, Moore’s Law is dead set a great example. Suppose you are watching 4K Netflix late at night and your connection will be throttled due to heavy traffic. Your laptop (with the neural engine) can effectively upscale this video, shall we say 1080p to 4K. Think of this as a glorified form of DLSS this works on almost everything. You can watch This video out Moore’s Law is dead for better explanation.

This new driver with support for VPU was licensed under GPLv2. Michael Larabel out Phoronix mentions that the user-space stack will use the “Intel oneAPI Level Zero API and OpenVINO”.

Intel VPU support | Phoronix

Intel plans to release the VPU code in open source format in Q3 2022.

OneRaichu adds that Intel’s Meteor Lake CPUs will be included two LP-E (Low Power-Efficient) cores that can be used by this VPU.

Intel has surprised everyone with new additions every generation. It seems that Intel, after receiving a lot of criticism for being stuck on the same node, is aiming for a new direction, and it’s pleasant to see that they’re fighting back. allowed to AMD react to this new addition from Team Blue?

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