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Tachyum Demonstrates Prodigy’s Advanced Matrix Operations at SC21

Bratislava, Slovakia/ LAS VEGAS, Nevada, November 9, 2021 – Tachyum™ today announced that it will be demonstrating the advanced matrix operations of Prodigy, the world’s first universal processor, using its software emulation system at SC21 in booth No. 906 of America’s Center in St. Louis at November 15-18. Additionally, Rob Reiner, Tachyum’s Director of Product Marketing, will be a featured presenter as part of the conference’s Exhibitor Forum November 18 at 12:30 p.m. PST.

The Prodigy demonstration marks the latest achievement in bringing a single processor that delivers industry leading performance for hyperscale, HPC and AI workloads to market. Prodigy has progressed to a complete system prototype with the Prodigy FPGA Emulation System, which emulates a complete CPU, memory, I/O, and management complex. The advanced matrix operations showcase Prodigy’s cutting-edge architecture which natively addresses the most demanding HPC and AI applications. A full four-socket reference design motherboard is expected to be available in Q2 2022.

Reiner’s presentation, “HPC and AI Convergence in a Homogeneous Exascale Cluster,” compares and contrasts the processor and system requirements for HPC and AI applications while weighing the advantages and disadvantages of homogeneous and heterogeneous system architectures for each respective cluster. He will also present an overview of the exascale-class supercomputer planned for deployment in Slovakia in 2022.

“An emerging trend gaining popularity for both HPC and AI is the use of various types of hardware accelerators to augment the processor performance for the highly parallel workloads characteristic of both HPC and AI,” said Reiner. “The heterogeneous compute environments utilizing these accelerators provide increased performance, but at a high cost. The accelerators are expensive, power-hungry, consume server space and add cost and complexity to the software and maintenance. I look forward to sharing with attendees of SC21 how Prodigy delivers the optimal solution for both HPC and AI without the need for costly accelerators, providing high performance and low power in a software-composable homogeneous environment.”

Tachyum’s Prodigy processor can run HPC applications, convolutional AI, explainable AI, general AI, bio AI, and spiking neural networks, plus normal data center workloads, on a single homogeneous processor platform, using existing standard programming models. Without Prodigy, hyperscale data centers must use a combination of disparate CPU, GPU and TPU hardware, for these different workloads, creating inefficiency, expense, and the complexity of separate supply and maintenance infrastructures. Using specific hardware dedicated to each type of workload (e.g. data center, AI, HPC), results in underutilization of hardware resources, and more challenging programming, support, and maintenance. Prodigy’s ability to seamlessly switch among these various workloads dramatically changes the competitive landscape and the economics of data centers.

SC21 is the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. At SC21, participants and attendees can expect a robust and diverse event. Attendees will learn from world-leading scientists, engineers, and technologists, and experience a rich program of cutting-edge research, live demos, and talks that focus on emerging technologies in artificial intelligence, exascale computing, container software, and more. Additional information about the event is available at https://sc21.supercomputing.org/

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About Tachyum

Tachyum is transforming AI, HPC, public and private cloud data center markets with Prodigy, the world’s first Universal Processor that delivers industry-leading performance, cost, and power efficiency for both specialty and general-purpose computing. When Prodigy processors are provisioned in a hyperscale data center, they enable all AI, HPC, and general-purpose applications to run on one hardware infrastructure, saving companies billions of dollars per year. A fully functional Prodigy emulation system is currently available to select customers and partners for early testing and software development. With data centers currently consuming over 3% of the planet’s electricity, predicted to be 10% by 2025, the ultra-low power Prodigy Universal Processor is critical, if we want to continue doubling worldwide data center capacity every four years. Tachyum, Co-founded by Dr. Radoslav Danilak with its flagship product Prodigy, is marching towards tape out targeting Q2 2022, with software emulations and an FPGA-based emulator running native Linux available to early adopters. The company is building the world’s fastest 64 AI exaflops supercomputer in 2022 in the EU with Prodigy chips. Tachyum has offices in the United States and Slovakia. For more information, visit https://www.tachyum.com/.