This Intel and Nvidia rival can run everything from hyperscale data centers to your web hosting

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Chip giant Tachyum (opens in new tab) has launched a live production website (opens in new tab) powered by its home-brewed Prodigy processor, which can already run Artificial Intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC)  workloads.

The new website runs atop Tachyum’s software emulation system that powers a native Apache v2.4 web server on top of a native Linux (opens in new tab) kernel v5.10. 

In what it claims as a major step towards the goal of delivering a truly universal processor, Tachyum’s founder and CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak said that he anticipates a good chunk of the Prodigy usage will come in massive web deployments: “By having our software emulation systems readily available for testing by partners, we are continuing to make Prodigy field-proven in hyperscale environments.”

Efficient data centers

In the past, Tachyum has claimed (opens in new tab) its software emulation technology can run Arm and RISC-V code better than modern processors based on these architectures. The launch of this new website extends the use of the processor to handle traditional data center workloads as well.

The company claims that being able to seamlessly handle different kinds of workloads atop the same processor will help make data centers more efficient and cost effective. It should also help reduce maintenance costs, as data centers will no longer need a mix of CPU, GPU and TPU processors to address the different workloads.

Tachyum claims 125 HPC Prodigy racks can deliver 32 tensor EXAFLOPS, which helps it beat NVIDIA’s fastest GPU (opens in new tab) in HPC, as well as AI training and inference workloads. Furthermore, it says that the universal processor can also outperform the fastest Intel Xeon processors (opens in new tab) while consuming about 10x less power.

Tachyum’s Prodigy software emulation (opens in new tab) system is now available to partners for evaluation and development. “This additional testing will show customers that Prodigy is well-positioned for deployment in production-quality web servers at product launch later this year,” notes the company in the release.

Mayank Sharma

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.