The wait is finally over and the American startup Tachyum has just launched its universal processor Prodigy which combines the functionalities of a CPU, a GPU and a TPU in a single processor.
In order to develop its revolutionary new processor, the company first set out to conquer the processor performance plateau in nanoscale chips and the systems they power.
In addition to being Tachyum’s first commercial product, the Prodigy Cloud/AI/HPC supercomputer processor chip delivers four times the performance of the fastest Intel Xeon processor. However, it also has three times the raw performance of the Nvidia H100 on HPC as well as six times the raw performance on AI training and inference workloads.
With its new processor, Tachyum believes it is poised to overcome the challenges of rising data center power consumption, low server utilization and stalled performance scaling .
The Tachyum Prodigy features 128 high-performance unified 64-bit cores running up to 5.7 GHz with 16 DDR5 memory controllers and 64 PCIe 5.0 lanes. All of this raw power can easily be deployed in a data center thanks to the fact that the company has also developed rack solutions for air-cooled and liquid-cooled data centers.
Unlike other CPU and GPU solutions, Tachyum’s Prodigy was designed to handle matrix and vector processing from scratch and the new processor supports a wide range of data types including FP64, FP32, TF32, BF16, Int8, FP8 and TAI.
By increasing performance while using less energy, Prodigy also solves the problem of sustainable data center growth by delivering unparalleled carbon footprint reduction as well as unprecedented savings in data center total cost of ownership. data.
Founder and CEO of Tachyum, Dr. Radoslav Danilak explained in a press release how the company’s Prodigy processor will help transform hyperscale data centers into universal computing centers, saying:
“We have long believed in our ability to overcome Moore’s Law to transform hyperscale data centers into true universal computing centers. With the launch of Prodigy, we started the revolution. Prodigy’s ability to enable AI at the scale of the human brain while simultaneously reducing data center energy consumption and the total cost of ownership of large-scale data centers and supercomputer systems, is a breakthrough for an estimated $100 billion industry. By launching Prodigy, we’re not only advancing the state of technology, but we’re also making the world a greener place. »
Sampling for Tachyum’s Prodigy will begin later this year, and the processor is expected to enter volume production in the first half of 2023.