Arctic Sound M GPUs shipping from Intel…

Intel has started shipments of its Arctic Sound-M graphics and video transcoding card for data centers, the company said this week. The board leverages Intel’s ‘Big Arc Alchemist’ ACM-G10 GPU, the chip that will power Intel’s upcoming performance-mainstream and high-end Arc A500- and Arc A700-series graphics boards for gamers.

“Intel Data Center GPU, codenamed Arctic Sound-M, is now shipping,” a statement by Intel over Twitter(opens in new tab) reads. “This open and flexible GPU will support a diverse range of workloads starting with cloud gaming and media streaming. We can’t wait to see our customers’ innovative solutions come to life!”

Intel’s codenamed Arctic Sound-M graphics and video transcoding card for data centers uses the ACM-G10 GPU with up to 32 Xe cores (equal to up to 4,096 stream processors) and 16GB of memory. Intel’s ACM-G10 graphics processor can handle transcoding of up to eight simultaneous 4K video streams, 30+ 1080p streams, and rendering of 40+ game streams. As a bonus, Intel’s higher-end Arc Alchemist GPUs also support XMX instructions so that they can accelerate AI inference workloads.

The key takeaway about Intel’s Arctic Sound-M shipments is that the company is sure that its drivers and software stack for the ACM-G10 graphics processor is good enough for data centers, which essentially means the remote rendering of select games as video transcoding. End-users tend to have somewhat different requirements as they play a more comprehensive range of games and use a broader selection of applications. Therefore, while there is no direct correlation between the readiness of the data center and end-user software, the readiness of the former is a good sign overall.

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They are also shipping their Mount Evans IPU, which is similar to what Pensando makes. Both the Arctic sound GPU and Mt. Evans IPU are basically copies of earlier NVIDIA products.