Meta* unveils its first 128-core AI processor for the Metaverse
The processor will be used in internal Meta services and will process a large amount of video content.
Meta* continues share details about developing their own chips. On May 19, 2023, the company introduced an AI processor with 128 cores and 25W power consumption.
The first generation chip was created in 2020 as part of the Meta* Training and Inference Accelerator (MTIA) project. The purpose of the chip was to improve the performance of recommendation models that are used to match ads and other content in news feeds.
The MTIA v1 processor is manufactured using a 7 nm process technology, has a clock speed of 800 MHz, 64 compute units of two RISC-V cores each, for a total of 128 cores. The chip measures 19.34 x 19.1mm and supports 64GB of RAM connected via 16 channels.
CPU Meta MTIA v1
Meta* decided not to mass-produce the AI processor and is now developing a successor. The company reports that the first MTIA chip was aimed only at launching already trained neural networks. For example, for the operation of algorithms that determine which video or which meme to show to the user next in the feed. At first, Meta* used graphics processing units (GPUs) to run neural networks, but it turned out that they were not suitable for such a task.
However, the company has released its own Meta* Scalable Video Processor (MSVP) chip, the first in-house ASIC solution designed to handle the growing workloads of VOD (video on demand) and live broadcasts. Also in the future, MSVP will be used to support new video content formats in the Meta* ecosystem, including AI-generated content and AR and VR content in the Metaverse.
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