Intel Innovation 2022 Keynote: Live Blog (9am PT, 4pm UTC)

11:29AM EDT – Welcome to our live blog of the opening keynote of Intel’s Innovation 2022. Things should be kicking off very soon

11:30AM EDT – Looks like people are starting to take their seats

11:30AM EDT – And we begin

11:31AM EDT – An edit: Only Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s CEO will be speaking today

11:32AM EDT – And it starts in 30 minutes, be back soon

11:57AM EDT – Ryan here, in both senses of the word. Intel is hosting this year’s event as an in-person function at the San Jose Convention Center, my home away from home

11:58AM EDT – Being an in-person event, this should be a more leisurely paced event than the kind of rapid-fire keynotes we’ve seen during the pandemic

11:58AM EDT – But first, a spoiler:

11:59AM EDT – Newegg posted Intel 13th Gen Core (Raptor Lake) processors for sale earlier this morning

11:59AM EDT – Complete with prices

11:59AM EDT – We’ll see if the prices are accurate. But at this point they seem realistic

12:00PM EDT – Meanwhile, on screenshot duty is the always-awesome Gavin Bonshor

12:00PM EDT – And this keynote should be kicking off momentarily

12:01PM EDT – Expected subjects today inclue Raptor Lake, Sapphire Rapids, Intel’s enterprise GPU efforts, and more

12:01PM EDT – And here we go

12:01PM EDT – Starting with Pat Gelsinger

12:01PM EDT – “We’re going to have a great event together now”

12:01PM EDT – This keynote is slated to run for 1 hour

12:02PM EDT – Pat is starting with reiterating Intel’s focus on open ecosystems and a developer-first approach

12:02PM EDT – News today on hardware, software, chip design, security, and more

12:03PM EDT – (Pat’s shirt is “geek” in ASCII binary)

12:03PM EDT – “We are in a new era”

12:04PM EDT – “We continue to witness the magic of technology”

12:04PM EDT – Pat is reiterating his “superpowers” analogy

12:04PM EDT – Compute, connectivity, cloud-to-edge infrastructure, AI, and sensing

12:05PM EDT – Oh? He’s added a 5th superpower. Sensing is new to the list

12:05PM EDT – Pat shows off his hearing aid

12:06PM EDT – An example of a sensory device today. A device that makes his life better

12:06PM EDT – It also changes how Intel thinks about their business and chip design

12:06PM EDT – Which brings us to Intel Foundry Services

12:07PM EDT – At the heart of chip fabbing is Moore’s Law

12:07PM EDT – Pat reiterates that he doesn’t consider Moore’s Law to be dead

12:07PM EDT – Going from 100B transistors today on a single package to 1T transistors by the end of the decade

12:07PM EDT – Making process on Intel’s “5 nodes in 4 years” development plan

12:08PM EDT – Expecting first 18A test chip tape-out before the end of the year

12:08PM EDT – “We will not rest until the periodic table is exhausted”

12:08PM EDT – Intel will continue to work to grow capacity and demand

12:09PM EDT – With their previously announced Tower Semi acquisition, it gives Intel a significant bredth in capabilities

12:09PM EDT – Now talking about the idea of a Systems Foundry

12:09PM EDT – A Systems Foundry offers wafers, advanced packaging, chiplets, and software

12:10PM EDT – “Software defined, silicon enhanced”

12:11PM EDT – Investing heavily in the UCIe chiplet ecosystem

12:11PM EDT – “We’re going to bring all of those pieces together”

12:11PM EDT – Now rolling a video about UCIe

12:12PM EDT – Which starts with a statement from TSMC

12:12PM EDT – Intel is emphasizing the “universal” part of UCIe

12:12PM EDT – Part of Intel’s $1B IFS innovation fund is for startups and disruptive technologies

12:13PM EDT – Intel is also scaling up their university shuttle program. The goal: 100x

12:14PM EDT – Looking to develop the semiconductor talent pool of tomorrow

12:14PM EDT – Now on to graphics and accelerated computing

12:14PM EDT – High-perf computing requires vector and matrix processing

12:15PM EDT – The only thing Pat didn’t do in his previous stint at Intel: high-performance graphics

12:15PM EDT – Now on to GPUs

12:15PM EDT – Announcing the Intel Data Center GPU Flex series

12:15PM EDT – Flex 170 and Flex 140

12:15PM EDT – For inference, training, AI, VDI, video encoding. Everything GPUs are used for today in servers

12:16PM EDT – Pat also has a Ponte Vecchio package in his hand

12:16PM EDT – PVC and Sapphire Rapids with HBM are the computing brains behind the Aurora supercomputer

12:16PM EDT – Intel is delivering those blades now

12:17PM EDT – But you can’t talk about GPUs without talking about gaming

12:17PM EDT – Paraphrasing: the price of gaming GPUs is too damned high

12:17PM EDT – “Today we’re fixing that”

12:17PM EDT – Intel Arc A770 GPU

12:17PM EDT – 65% better RT performance than the unspecified competitiomn

12:17PM EDT – Now rolling a demo video

12:18PM EDT – Available October 12th at $329

12:18PM EDT – Cards on the way to reviewers now

12:18PM EDT – So putting it up against the NVIDIA RTX 3060 and AMD RX 66xx parts

12:20PM EDT – Shifting gears, bringing on stage Intel’s AI Ethics Lead Architect, Ria Cheruvu

12:20PM EDT – She’s just 18

12:21PM EDT – We’ll hear more about this in Greg’s session tomorrow: the Intel Developer Cloud

12:21PM EDT – Which Intel uses to showcase some of their latest technologies

12:21PM EDT – The Dev Cloud is current in a limited beta, but Intel is intending to expand that

12:23PM EDT – Intel’s first challenge: speeding up development cycles

12:23PM EDT – Development cycles are too slow

12:23PM EDT – Intel has a tool to help with no-code solutions

12:24PM EDT – The Neural Compressor with Neural Coder

12:24PM EDT – Converted a PyTorch model from FP32 to INT8

12:24PM EDT – Running on Sapphire Rapids

12:25PM EDT – 10.8x speed-up on SPR versus using FP32

12:25PM EDT – Now on to security

12:25PM EDT – Demoing Intel SGX

12:26PM EDT – (SGX seems to get compromised with some regularity)

12:26PM EDT – Working to enable a holistic view of confidential computing

12:27PM EDT – Breaking news: Raptor Lake launches on October 20th. i9-13900K is $589

12:28PM EDT – Now on to AI model development

12:29PM EDT – An enterprise platform for collaborating on AI development

12:29PM EDT – Showcasing how to build a CV model to maximize coffee bean yield

12:30PM EDT – Using active learning to cut down on the number of sample images required

12:31PM EDT – Showing how the model performs so far, and how it’s flaws can be corrected

12:31PM EDT – Model can then be optimized with OpenVINO and deployed across datacenters

12:32PM EDT – Launching today: Intel Geti

12:32PM EDT – “Powerful AI for everyone”

12:32PM EDT – Commercially available in Q4 of this year

12:33PM EDT – (Just to be clear, Geti is a computer vision training system)

12:33PM EDT – Continuing the subject of building AI models. Now with a guest speaker from PreciTaste

12:34PM EDT – Using OpenVINO for its flexibility in being able to run against GPUs or CPUs (rather than being limited to just GPUs)

12:35PM EDT – 30% higher FPS in one afternoon

12:35PM EDT – Using Intel’s RealSense cameras to watch pans of food. OpenVINO used to classify things and how much there is

12:36PM EDT – Shuffle pans; AI picks up on the change

12:38PM EDT – Chipotle will be deploying this Intel tech in a large market in the “coming months”

12:38PM EDT – Developer challenge 3: game development is complex and slow

12:39PM EDT – Discussing debugging of networked clients

12:40PM EDT – The game is Nightengale, a UE5 game

12:41PM EDT – High perf requirements mean that normally, only one or two clients could be run on a single workstation

12:41PM EDT – (Technical error: keyboard is not working)

12:42PM EDT – Using an unclear tech to allow a system to run up to 8 instances

12:42PM EDT – Ahh, this is a demo of having so many cores on an Intel CPU

12:43PM EDT – Particularly the E-cores

12:44PM EDT – Now rolling demo footage of the game itself

12:44PM EDT – Pat is hiding something behind his back

12:44PM EDT – Poorly

12:45PM EDT – Today Intel is announcing the 13th Gen Intel Core processor family

12:45PM EDT – Codename: Raptor Lake

12:45PM EDT – Flagship i9-13900K

12:45PM EDT – 8 P cores plus 16 E cores (twice as many E cores as before)

12:46PM EDT – Best gaming/streaming experience ever

12:46PM EDT – DDR5 speeds up to DDR5-5600

12:46PM EDT – “World’s best overclocking experience as well”

12:46PM EDT – Will be releasing a “limited volume” 6.0GHz SKU next year

12:47PM EDT – So 13900KS?

12:47PM EDT – Over 50 processors planned as part of the 13th Gen Core family

12:48PM EDT – Developer challenge 4: creative development is time-consuming and limited

12:48PM EDT – (Someone needs to do a Stable Diffusion or similar image having Pat Gelsinger show off Ryzen CPUs)

12:49PM EDT – Showing off Stable Diffusion here running on Intel’s Gaudi 2 hardware

12:50PM EDT – Showing off the “incredible power” of the next-gen Gaudi 2 accelerator

12:51PM EDT – Developer challenge 5: User experience needs to drive product design

12:52PM EDT – User experience needs to drive product design

12:52PM EDT – Samsung Display’s CEO, JS Choi, is now on stage

12:52PM EDT – Choi is holding a rollable OLED display

12:52PM EDT – Expanding and shrinking it

12:53PM EDT – Announcing world’s first 17-inch slidable display

12:55PM EDT – Now on to showcasing Intel Unison

12:55PM EDT – Unison promisses to “bring all of our devices together”

12:56PM EDT – Extending his laptop’s display to the Samsung screen

12:57PM EDT – Unison can also extend iOS and Android devices

12:57PM EDT – iOS texts on a Windows PC. That’s a pretty killer feature

12:57PM EDT – Unison coming to new laptops this holiday season

12:57PM EDT – On select Intel Evo devices

12:58PM EDT – 6th and final challenge solve high-bandwidth low-power connectivity

12:58PM EDT – Silicon Photonics

12:58PM EDT – Showing an old video of a much younger Pat talking about silicon photonics

12:59PM EDT – Silicon photonics has taken longer than expected

12:59PM EDT – But it’s finally coming. And is an example of how Intel is investing in the long term

01:00PM EDT – Detachable optical in-package connector

01:00PM EDT – A live demo being streamed out of Intel’s labs in Scotland

01:01PM EDT – Showing a demo measuring the light coming out of the silicon photonics chip

01:01PM EDT – Let there be light

01:01PM EDT – Now detaching and reattaching the connector

01:02PM EDT – “This is exactly how I dreamed of it decades ago”

01:02PM EDT – Now wrapping things up

01:03PM EDT – Signing one of the posters they created with Stable Diffusion earlier

01:03PM EDT – To close things out, Pat is bringing up Linus Torvalds

01:06PM EDT – Linus is recounting the creation of Linux. He was poor and could not afford a Unix

01:07PM EDT – Extolling the virtues of open source

01:08PM EDT – Linus Torvalds, Pat’s favorite plodding engineer

01:09PM EDT – Linus is the first recipient of a new award. The Intel Innovation Award

01:09PM EDT – “That is very nice and classy”

01:09PM EDT – Lifetime Achievement award

01:10PM EDT – And that’s Linus

01:10PM EDT – Pat’s now quickly hyping up the crowd about the next 2 days

01:11PM EDT – And that’s a wrap

01:11PM EDT – Thanks for joining us for another live blog. Now off to check out some other sessions here at Innovation


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