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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