Intel’s ‘One API’ Project Delivers Unified Programming Model Across Diverse Architectures

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June 19, 2019 - What’s New: Today at Intel’s Software Technology Day in London, Intel engineering leaders provided an update on Intel’s software project – “One API” – to deliver a unified programming model to simplify application development across diverse computing architectures.

“One API is a project to deliver a set of developer tools that provide a unified programming model that simplifies development for workloads across diverse architectures. As our breadth of compute has grown to include specialized accelerators, Intel will deliver software solutions that allow developers to get the full performance out of the hardware.” – Bill Savage, Intel vice president and general manager of Compute Performance Developer Products

Why It’s Important: As the world’s data-centric workloads become more diverse, so do architectures that process that data. Intel’s breadth of architectures span scalar (CPU), vector (GPU), matrix (AI) and spatial (FPGA). These architectures, often referred to at Intel with the acronym SVMS, require an efficient software programming model to deliver performance. One API addresses this with ease-of-use and performance, while eliminating the need to maintain separate code bases, multiple programming languages, and different tools and workflows.

An example of where Intel provides customers with this cross-architecture capability today is Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, a software developer toolkit that delivers consistent, optimized deep learning inference capabilities across Intel SVMS architectures. More...