Lenovo, Intel ramp up HPC, AI partnership

Under the partnership, Lenovo will optimize Intel's HPC and AI portfolio to develop systems.

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Lenovo and Intel outlined a multi-year collaboration pact revolving around high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence.

The deal is the latest installment of Intel's partnership efforts. Intel has forged ties with Baidu as well as SAP.

Under the partnership, Lenovo will optimize Intel's HPC and AI portfolio to develop systems. Lenovo plans to combine Intel's second-generation Xeon processors and Lenovo's Neptune liquid cooling technology.

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Kirk Skaugen, president of Lenovo's data center group, said the partnership with Intel would accelerate its market potential.

Collaboration areas include:

  • Systems such as Lenovo's TruScale infrastructure with Intel's X computing architecture, Optane, oneAPI programming framework, and AI accelerators.
  • Software to converge HPC and AI by melding Lenovo's LiCo software with Intel's programming and storage frameworks.
  • Centers of excellence run by both companies to bolster research at universities.

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