Intel accelerates developer innovation with an open, software-centric approach

Within the framework of the second day of Intel Innovation last Wednesday, the blue brand has shown how its efforts and investments to promote an open ecosystem catalyze community innovation. This goes from the silicon to systems, applications and all levels of the software stack.

With its wide range of platforms, tools, and solutions, Intel can help developers be more productive and better able to harness their potential for positive social good. With this, they have presented new tools to support AI developers, security and quantum computing. The first customers of its new Project Amber attestation service have also been announced.

The importance of training developers with openness

In his keynote address at the second day of the developer-focused Intel Innovation 2022 event, Greg Lavender, Intel Chief Technology Officer; highlighted Intel's commitment to openness, choice, and trust, beginning with oneAPI. It is an open, standards-based programming model that allows developers to choose the best architecture for the specific problem they are trying to solve. The initiative is becoming a community forum to shape its future direction and address the changing needs of developers, software vendors, national labs, researchers, and silicon vendors. Codeplay, a subsidiary of Intel; will now take responsibility for the oneAPI development community.

Developer tools and easily accessible toolkits based on those oneAPI specifications will continue to be offered. The Intel oneAPI 2023 Toolkits will ship in December with support for the latest and upcoming Intel CPU, GPU, and FPGA architectures. They will include tools such as the open source SYCLomatic compatibility tool, which helps convert CUDA source code to SYCL source code.

Developers looking to create new AI solutions will have three new Intel AI Reference Kits for Healthcare. they are intended for document automation, disease prediction, and medical imaging.

New services possible thanks to greater security for electronic prescriptions and remote care

When open software, hardware solutions and business needs come together, entirely new opportunities like the German e-prescription project are created. The IBM brand developed the electronic prescription solution and integrated the Intel Software Guard Extensions with Gramine in order to offer a better experience and at the same time help maintain the integrity of the platform and the need for strict security and privacy to meet the need for data protection. Intel is a major contributor to the Gramine open source project, which enables the national digital health agency of Germany obtain the integrity and confidentiality provided by SGX secure enclaves with minimal modification.

Thanks to Project Amber, a software-as-a-service offering for confidential computing certification has been launched. It was presented a few months ago at Intel Vision. Leidos, one of the US federal government's leading technology contractors, is building a proof of concept with Amber to protect veterans' health information, with a view to future use in mobile clinics.

Liz Porter, president of Leidos Health Group, also participated in this session and explained that the Amber project “frees Leidos from the need to build and maintain complex and expensive certification systems, allowing us to focus on our core differentiation, such as intelligent automation and AI/ML-driven analytics".

Advances and innovation in AI, quantum and neuromorphic computing, protagonists of Intel Innovation 2022

Open technology can be combined with, and adapted to, other solutions from vendors and customers with varying specialties. Red Hat Chief Technology Officer Chris Wright; announced that Red Hat's OpenShift Data Science “has been integrated with the Intel AI portfolio, so developers can train and deploy their models using the Intel AI Analysis Kit and OpenVINO tools".

Red Hat is working to make the Habana Gaudí training accelerator available on your service. They hope to offercost-effective, high-performance training and deployment of deep learning models, all as a managed cloud service“. Wright also announced the launch of a joint Intel and Red Hat AI developer program, with the objective goal of “help developers easily learn, test, and deploy models using Red Hat OpenShift Data Science and Intel's integrated edge and AI portfolio".

Intel has also announced the Intel Quantum SDK, designed to help developers learn how to program quantum algorithms. Its beta version is now available through the Intel Developer Cloud.

Lavender also detailed the advances towards post-quantum cryptography. Part of Intel's Three-Step Approach to tackle the threats posed by quantum computers. Recent moves towards standardization and increased urgency of opportunities and risks”are important steps for our industry as it prepares to be Y2Q-ready or quantum-resistant by 2030according to Lavender.

As the final point of Intel Innovation 2022, Intel Labs has announced new tools for developers. Kapoho Point is a stackable multi-plate platform based on the research chip lohi 2 based on intel 4. They have also announced updates to their Lava open software development framework and the addition of new members and eight Intel-sponsored university projects to the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community.

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