Tech News: Intel says it remains unfazed of Nvidia’s latest Grace processor.
In the wake of Nvidia’s announcement of its Grace CPU, its first processor aimed at improving AI functionality for servers, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has claimed that his company remains unfazed, stressing that Intel will remain the CPU market leader in the future.
Intel’s recent Ice Lake processors are also designed to improve AI functionality for data centers and servers, meaning that Nvidia is – inevitably – competing with the CPU giant.
Gelsinger commented on Nvidia entering the ARM CPU market in a response to Yahoo Finance, saying: “It’s not us responding to them. Clearly, this idea of CPUs that are AI-enhanced is the domain where Intel is a dramatic leader. […] So clearly, I’d say the idea of CPUs is Intel’s provenance. We’re now building AI into that and we expect this to be an area where we are on the offense, not the defense going forward. “
Gelsinger is not wrong when he says CPUs are Intel’s bread and butter. The tech giant’s market share is astronomical, with over 80% in desktop CPUs and over 90% in server CPUs. These figures continue to fluctuate, however, as Intel’s closest competitor, AMD, continues to nip at its heels with its Ryzen desktop CPUs and Epyc server processors.
Nvidia throwing its hat into the ring with its Grace server CPUs could provide welcome competition in the field, with both Intel and AMD now having another major competitor to prove themselves against.
Nvidia has already made progress by attracting two supercomputer customers, the Swiss National Supercomputing Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Both supercomputers will debut in 2023 and will be powered by Nvidia Grace technology.
Intel itself will provide chips for the Aurora supercomputer, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy. Aurora fell just short of becoming the first exascale supercomputer in the US due to a delay, and that honor is now expected to go to Frontier, powered by AMD Epyc CPUs.