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Intel Accelerates Developer Innovation with Open, Software-First Approach

  • Intel introduced several new services and tools to help developers reduce time-to-market and increase performance and security. Intel continues to deliver on promise of open ecosystems, choice in solutions and a foundation of trust.

  • Intel shared continued momentum with the open oneAPI specification, which will now be managed by Codeplay, an Intel subsidiary.

  • Leidos is among the first companies to pilot Intel’s forthcoming Project Amber attestation service.

  • Intel and Red Hat introduced a joint solution that combines Intel’s AI portfolio with Red Hat OpenShift Data Science, in addition to a joint AI and edge developer program.

  • The new Intel Quantum software development kit (SDK) is designed to help developers learn how to program quantum algorithms and interface with Intel’s quantum computing stack.

  • Intel released three new AI reference kits – focused on healthcare use cases – joining the first four kits released in July

On Day 2 of Intel Innovation, Intel illustrated how its efforts and investments to foster an open ecosystem catalyze community innovation, from silicon to systems to apps and across all levels of the software stack.

At Intel Innovation 2022, Intel accelerates developer innovation with open, software-first approach. #IntelON

Through an expanding array of platforms, tools and solutions, Intel is focused on helping developers become more productive and more capable of realizing their potential for positive social good. The company introduced new tools to support developers in artificial intelligence, security and quantum computing, and announced the first customers of its new Project Amber attestation service.

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“We are making good on our software-first strategy by empowering an open ecosystem that will enable us to collectively and continuously innovate,” said Intel Chief Technology Officer Greg Lavender. “We are committed members of the developer community and our breadth and depth of hardware and software assets facilitate the scaling of opportunities for all through co-innovation and collaboration.”

Empowering Developers with Openness

In his keynote to kick off the second of the two-day developer-focused event, Lavender emphasized Intel’s commitment to openness, choice and trust, beginning with oneAPI: a cross-industry, open, standards-based programming model that allows developers to choose the best architecture for the specific problem they are trying to solve. Building on oneAPI adoption and implementation progress, the initiative is shifting to a community forum to shape the future direction of oneAPI and address the evolving needs of developers, software vendors, national labs, researchers and silicon vendors.

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Codeplay, an Intel subsidiary with expertise and a track record of driving open standards and providing cross-platform implementations of SYCL and oneAPI tools, will now assume responsibility for the oneAPI development community.

Intel will continue to deliver developer tools and easy-to-access toolkits based on those oneAPI specifications. The Intel oneAPI 2023 toolkits will ship in December with support for Intel’s latest and upcoming new CPU, GPU and FPGA architectures, and include tools like the open source SYCLomatic compatibility tool. SYCLomatic assists converting CUDA source code to SYCL source code, thus giving developers choice in computing architectures.

Intel also announced six more education and research institutions that have formed oneAPI Centers of Excellence to expand oneAPI support in important applications and extend oneAPI educational curriculum development. The new COEs include School of Software and Microelectronics of Peking University, Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, University of Utah in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), University of California San Diego and the Zuse Institute Berlin.

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For developers looking to build new AI solutions in a fast, efficient and industry-specific manner, Intel released three new AI reference kits for healthcare: document automation, disease prediction and medical imaging diagnostics. Developers can find them on GitHub, alongside the four kits released in July.

“Our goal is to make it easy for developers to get the best software technology through the open source ecosystem or as Intel-delivered products,” Lavender said. And though they may not realize it, some 90% of developers are using software developed or optimized by Intel, according to a Global Development Survey conducted by Evans Data Corp. in 2021. Among many examples, Intel has been a top contributor to the Linux kernel for over a decade, and recently helped integrate the oneDNN performance library to TensorFlow, automatically bringing up to a 3x performance improvement to the millions that use the popular AI framework.

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