Intel defends AVX-512 against critics who wish it to die a ‘painful death’

Intel has finally defended its AVX-512 instruction set against critics who have gone so far as to wish it to die “a painful death.�  

Intel Chief Architect Raja Koduri said the community loves it because it yields huge performance boosts, and Intel has an obligation to offer it across its portfolio.

“AVX-512 is a great feature. Our HPC community, AI community, love it,� Koduri said, responding to a question from PCWorld about the AVX-512 kerfuffle during Intel’s Architecture Day on August 11. “Our customers on the data center side really, really, really love it.�

Koduri said Intel has been able to help customers achieve a 285X increase in performance in “our good old CPU socket� just by taking advantage of the extension. 

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