Intel's Ponte Vecchio ( Xeon Max)
You mean "Xe Max". I never liked the "Xe" name, mostly because it's too easily confused with Xeon. Especially if you consider that it's the chemical symbol for xenon, which again looks and sounds way too much like xeon.
Xeon Max is also
a thing, referring to their HBM-equipped Xeon CPUs.
is starting at about the same time with NVDA A100, intel has claimed that it is faster than 2x of A100, delaying the next generation is not a problem comparing to AMD or NVDA, Intel knows that.
LOL, no. Nvidia is already
on the H100. I'm not sure exactly when it started shipping, but they started their PR ramp for it nearly a year ago.
Here's how PVC compares with the A100 and H100, on paper (as a bonus, I added AMD's MI250X):
|Make||Model||Node||BF16 Tensor (dense)||BF16 Tensor (sparse)||fp32 (TFLOPS)||fp64 (TFLOPS)||Memory Bandwidth (TB/s)||Interconnect Bandwidth (TB/s)||Power (W)|
|Intel||DC GPU Max 1550||TSMC N5|
|Nvidia||A100 SXM||TSMC N7|
|Nvidia||H100 SXM||TSMC 4N|
See, it's a couple years too late. It has the same problem AMD routinely faces, which is that it's only competitive with Nvidia's previous
generation. And like AMD's MI200-series, they went heavy on fp64, probably because HPC is a niche they think they can penetrate more easily than AI. Indeed Intel and AMD got the big government contracts, in that round.
BTW, if you can find a spec on the Xe Link, please let me know. I didn't look too hard, but all I could find is that PVC has 16 links. That doesn't help if I don't know how fast they are.
Intel’s computation design skill is by far better than AMD for that matter better than NVDA in AI and other arithmetic computation design.
That's awfully big talk, when Intel's AGX division is hemorrhaging money. I think Intel probably has the best chance of anyone at successfully entering these markets. However, their consumer and datacenter GPU products have gotten to market so late that even an otherwise flawless implementation is almost irrelevant. And if their datacenter GPU Max series is anything like what we've seen of the consumer Arc series, the execution is certainly far from flawless. Arc Alchemist looks a lot better on paper than how it performs in the real world.
Intel is trying to save its resources, not to waste it to get ahead of the competitor too much. Paul Acorn, your comment is clearly erroneous, at best.
I'm just going to leave this here. Bold statements should be backed by deep knowledge. Paul knows his stuff.