Intel, increasingly customizing server chips for customers, is now tuning chips for workloads in big data.
Software is becoming an important building block in chip design, and customization will help applications gather, manage and analyze data a lot quicker, said Ron Kasabian, general manager of big data solutions at Intel.
The plan includes developing accelerators or cores for big-data type workloads. For example, Intel is working with Chinese company Bocom to implement the Smart City project, which tries to solve counterfeit license plate problems in China by recognizing plates, car makes and models. The project involves sending images through server gateways, and Intel is looking to fill software gaps by enhancing the silicon.
A lot of research is also taking place at Intel labs on stream processing and graph analytics as the company designs chips and tweaks software.