The need to improve developer productivity, test products in the cloud before launch, and have high-performing processors is growing. As digital transformation changes the way we live, hardware and software developers face many challenges, including vendor lock-in, access to the latest hardware, productivity and time-to-market, and security.
Hoping to provide solutions to these challenges, Intel in a recent event, announced the launch of new products that allow developers to virtually test their products in the cloud before they go to market. This move aims to entice more customers to use Intel processors and developer cloud platforms.
Intel Announces Upcoming Cloud Solutions for Developers
Prominent among the products announced at the event is the Intel Developer Cloud, which the company hopes will accelerate the productivity of developers looking for a cloud platform to pre-launch and test their products before the actual launch. Although starting in beta, Developer Cloud will provide access to Intel products from a few months to a year ahead of product availability, including the company’s fourth-generation Xeon Scalable processors, deep learning accelerators and Intel Data Center GPUs.
“Over the next decade, we will see the continued digitization of everything,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “Five fundamental technology superpowers – computing, connectivity, infrastructure, AI and sensing – will profoundly shape how we experience the world.
“Developers, both software and hardware focused, will build this future. They are the real wizards who advance what is possible. Fostering this open ecosystem is central to our transformation and the developer community is essential to our success.”
During the event, Intel took the opportunity to present a update on Project Amber, an attestation-as-a-service offering to customers. With Project Amber, Intel hopes to help companies solve security and trust issues in confidential computing. In addition, the solution is designed to address attestation issues by providing an independent, third-party trust authority in a way that secure certificate authorities grant access to a secure web.
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Intel explained the state of play with Project Amber, revealing that Leidos, a US federal government technology contractor, has adopted the project as a tool for building its proof-of-concept to verify veterans’ health information. for future use in mobile clinics .
“Project Amber frees Leidos from the need to build and maintain complex, expensive attestation systems, allowing us to focus on our core differentiation, such as intelligent automation and AI/ML-driven analytics,” said Liz Porter, president of Leidos Health Group.
In addition to these products, Intel has also unveiled another technology, Intel Unison, a multi-device compatibility software designed to make PCs more compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices. This software allows customers to exchange messages from their desktop system without the need for a connection cable or device.
In addition to sending and receiving text messages, Intel Unison also allows users to make calls directly from their Windows PC without losing access to contacts. Intel believes this will improve connectivity and productivity at work, as users can stay connected to their mobile devices via PC.
Intel further announced that Intel will launch Unison this year on Intel Evo laptops based on 12th Gen Intel Core processors from Acer, HP and Lenovo and will scale to 13th Gen Intel Core-based designs in early 2023.
Intel hopes to boost open programming through AI
At the event, Intel also announced its plans to foster an open programming ecosystem across its silicon and software offerings to try and get more action among the developer community. This move aims to help developers improve their productivity by exposing them to a range of hardware platforms, tools, and software solutions.
“We are delivering on our software-first strategy by strengthening an open ecosystem that enables us to innovate collaboratively and continuously,” said Intel Chief Technology Officer Greg Lavender on day two of the Intel Innovation event. “We are committed members of the developer community, and our breadth and depth of hardware and software assets facilitate scaling opportunities for all through co-innovation and collaboration.”
Lavender highlighted the above and introduced the oneAPI, a cross-industry, open standards-based programming model designed to enable developers, software vendors, national labs, researchers and silicon suppliers to choose the best architecture that will help them create solutions to specific problems. .
The oneAPI solution will be under Codeplay, an Intel subsidiary that provides cross-platform implementations of SYCL and oneAPI toolkit. Intel hopes to deliver the oneAPI 2023 toolkit with their latest CPU, FPGA and GPU technologies to broaden the computer architecture choices for developers.
Intel has continued its commitment to helping developers build new, efficient and fast AI solutions and unveiled its three new AI reference kits for healthcare: disease prediction, document automation and medical imaging diagnostics. These kits are open source and can be found on GitHub, Intel announced.