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20 June, 2021 - 22:07 By Tony Quested

Graphcore and SiPearl join forces to combine AI and HPC

Two of the world’s most innovative tech companies – Graphcore and Franco-German business SiPearl – have teamed up to find fresh frontiers across a broad range of industries.

By combining the best of artificial intelligence and high-performance computing technologies, the partnership will enable innovation in simulation and prediction essential in critical areas such as meteorology, climatology, epidemiology and energy management.

Graphcore, which has UK operations in Bristol, Cambridge and London is the brains behind the Intelligence Processing Unit, a new type of microprocessor specifically designed to support artificial intelligence workloads, and Franco-German business SiPearl has designed the high-performance low power microprocessor intended for supercomputers. The alliance will enable the companies to develop integrated hardware and software solutions that combine the power, speed and energy efficiency of their respective technologies.

The tie-up will accelerate the evolution of simulation and prediction models. 

The solutions co-developed by Graphcore and SiPearl will open up the possibility for developers and users to design new generations of data flows and application tasks that are both more efficient and easier to program and use.

Fabrice Moizan, general manager and SVP Sales EMEAI and APAC at Graphcore, said: “Graphcore and SiPearl share a vision of enabling innovators across a broad range of industries from medicine to automotive to finance, and beyond.

“We both understand that new types of computation are essential if we are to realise the full potential of new technologies, like AI. This is a great opportunity for Europe to define the shape of that next-generation compute.” 

Philippe Notton, CEO and founder of SiPearl, added: “We welcome this partnership with a European leader of Graphcore’s calibre, whose IPU is revolutionising artificial intelligence.

“In the microprocessor segment, which represents half of the global semiconductor market, our respective technologies are perfectly complementary. Combining them will allow system manufacturers to develop a turnkey product that brings our end customers more performance, speed and energy efficiency.”

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