AMD aims to boost its AI-boosting software portfolio with the acquisition of Nod.ai, a $36.5 million rated company. The chip-making company in a bid to beat out Nvidia, bets heavily on open-source acquisition as well a strategy that is reminiscent of the Linux vs Microsoft era.
AMD AI-Boosting Software Portfolio
AMD is currently tapping into the power of open-source with its reported purchase of Nod.ai, which as you should know has developed a pretty impressive portfolio of tools and systems to help boost the deployment of applications on the hardware of the company.
The compute unified device architecture (CUDA) software of Nvidia has become the industry standard for GPU workloads, but AMD is, however, hoping to challenge this very piece of dominance with its very own open-source alternatives.
CUDA as you should know is closed source, whereas the use of software such as Radeon open compute (ROC), and right now Nod.ai’s platforms, which is inclusive of its SHARK software by AMD poses an alternative means for businesses to easily and effectively optimize the deployment of AI.
What You Need To Know About Nord.ai
The ten-year-old company, which was valued just recently at $36.5 million, builds as well as develops optimization software that can easily run on the best Ryzen chips, and this is inclusive of EPYC CPUs, Radeon GPUs as well as Versal processors. This in question makes it a neat fit, with the firm reportedly slotting straight into the operations of AMD as it hopes to bring the fight directly to Nvidia.
AMD as you should know will reportedly absorb the team of Nord.ai as part of the purchase, which gets to cement the aim of the company to bolster its software portfolio.
What AMD’s Senior VP for AI Has to Say about the Recent Development
Indeed, although Nvidia is well-known as a hardware form and also the industry leader in providing GPUs for AI workloads, its software and most particularly CUDA alongside its own optimized libraries, reinforces its superiority.
“The acquisition of Nod.ai is expected to significantly enhance our ability to provide AI customers with open software that allows them to easily deploy highly performant AI models tuned for AMD hardware,” Vamsi Boppana, AMD’s senior VP for AI stated.
“The addition of the talented Nod.ai team accelerates our ability to advance open-source compiler technology and enable portable, high-performance AI solutions across the AMD product portfolio.”
AMD Taking the Fight to Nvidia
AMD, by embracing Nod.ai and also incorporating its own tools into its broader portfolio, is opting for an approach that means its fight with Nvidia is very much similar in nature to the Linux vs Windows rivalry. And while Linux follows an iterative as well as collaborative development cycle, Windows still remains the proprietary operating system of Microsoft.
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