The Intel OpenVINO Toolkit gets support for Intel Sapphire Rapids CPU and DG2 GPU

OpenVINO 2022.3 from Intel is finally released and bringing support for the latest CPU and GPU families including Sapphire Rapids & DG2.

Intel Sapphire Rapids CPUs and DG2 discrete GPUs receive full support at OpenVINO 2022.3

Intel introduced OpenVINO, a (completely open source) toolkit that helps optimize and deploy models for deep learning situations and boosts performance in many machine learning frameworks, in 2019.

OpenVINO has long offered support, but with this new release, the wizard series sees full support for the deep learning toolkit. This additional support will allow more inference workloads in the tool to move directly from edge computing to the cloud. OpenVINO also follows Intel’s oneAPI Deep Neural Network Library (oneDNN) 3.0 release, using several deep learning implementations.

OpenVINO is part of Intel’s long-term support, which means the company will continue to develop and grow the suite of tools. Currently, Intel promises to continue support over the next two years. On the dGPU front, OpenVINO will improve support for discrete graphics based on the DG2 GPU architecture featured in Arc’s consumer-grade products for the company’s data center GPU Flex series. The toolkit should also help make improvements for the 12th and 13th generation CPUs.

OpenVINO 2022.3 offers:

  • Support for broader hardware and models: Optimize and deploy quickly across an expanding set of deep learning models, including natural language processing or neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Access to AI acceleration across an expanded set of devices.
  • Improved API and more integrations: Code adoption and maintenance is much clearer. This version requires fewer code changes, provides more framework integration options, and reduces conversions.
  • Expanded model coverage: Quickly see a performance boost with automatic device detection, load balancing, and inference dynamic parallelism across processors, graphics cards, and more.
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One Intel product line was dropped from the Intel OpenVINO. Intel Movidius Vision Processing Unit support has been dropped in this and future releases. Movidius VPU launched in the first quarter of 2020 and has helped with deep learning cases. However, it was not widely adopted, which is why the series was dropped from future releases.

The new update for the OpenVINO Runtime is available on the company’s GitHub page. The OpenVINO documentation provides a complete list of supported devices.

News Sources: Phoronix, OpenVINO GitHub, OpenVINO

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