Intel Releases Open Source AI Reference Kits
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2022 — Intel has released the first set of open source AI reference kits specifically designed to make AI more accessible to organizations in on-prem, cloud and edge environments. First introduced at Intel Vision, the reference kits include AI model code, end-to-end machine learning pipeline instructions, libraries and Intel oneAPI components for cross-architecture performance. These kits enable data scientists and developers to learn how to deploy AI faster and more easily across healthcare, manufacturing, retail and other industries with higher accuracy, better performance and lower total cost of implementation.
“Innovation thrives in an open, democratized environment. The Intel accelerated open AI software ecosystem including optimized popular frameworks and Intel’s AI tools are built on the foundation of an open, standards-based, unified oneAPI programming model. These reference kits, built with components of Intel’s end-to-end AI software portfolio, will enable millions of developers and data scientists to introduce AI quickly and easily into their applications or boost their existing intelligent solutions,” said Wei Li, Ph.D., Intel vice president and general manager of AI and Analytics.
About AI Reference Kits
AI workloads continue to grow and diversify with use cases in vision, speech, recommender systems and more. Intel’s AI reference kits, built in collaboration with Accenture, are designed to accelerate the adoption of AI across industries. They are open source, pre-built AI with meaningful enterprise contexts for both greenfield AI introduction and strategic changes to existing AI solutions.
Four kits are available for download today:
- Utility asset health: As energy consumption continues to grow worldwide, power distribution assets in the field are expected to grow. This predictive analytics model was trained to help utilities deliver higher service reliability. It uses Intel-optimized XGBoost through the Intel oneAPI Data Analytics Library to model the health of utility poles with 34 attributes and more than 10 million data points1. Data includes asset age, mechanical properties, geospatial data, inspections, manufacturer, prior repair and maintenance history, and outage records. The predictive asset maintenance model continuously learns as new data, like new pole manufacturer, outages and other changes in condition, are provided.
- Visual quality control: Quality control (QC) is essential in any manufacturing operation. The challenge with computer vision techniques is that they often require heavy graphics compute power during training and frequent retraining as new products are introduced. The AI Visual QC model was trained using Intel AI Analytics Toolkit, including Intel Optimization for PyTorch and Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, both powered by oneAPI to optimize training and inferencing to be 20% and 55% faster, respectively, compared to stock implementation of Accenture visual quality control kit without Intel optimizations2 for computer vision workloads across CPU, GPU and other accelerator-based architectures. Using computer vision and SqueezeNet classification, the AI Visual QC model used hyperparameter tuning and optimization to detect pharmaceutical pill defects with 95% accuracy.
- Customer chatbot: Conversational chatbots have become a critical service to support initiatives across the enterprise. AI models that support conversational chatbot interactions are massive and highly complex. This reference kit includes deep learning natural language processing models for intent classification and named-entity recognition using BERT and PyTorch. Intel Extension for PyTorch and Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit optimize the model for better performance – 45% faster inferencing compared to stock implementation of Accenture customer chatbot kit without Intel optimizations3 – across heterogeneous architectures, and allow developers to reuse model development code with minimal code changes for training and inferencing.
- Intelligent document indexing: Enterprises process and analyze millions of documents every year, and many of the semi-structured and unstructured documents are routed manually. AI can automate the processing and categorizing of these documents for faster routing and lower manual labor costs. Using a support vector classification (SVC) model, this kit was optimized with Intel Distribution of Modin and Intel Extension for Scikit-learn powered by oneAPI. These tools improve data pre-processing, training and inferencing times to be 46%, 96% and 60% faster, respectively, compared to stock implementation of Accenture Intelligent document indexing kit without Intel optimizations4 for reviewing and sorting the documents at 65% accuracy.
Download free on the Intel.com AI Reference Kits website. The kits are also available on Github.
Why It Matters
Developers are looking to infuse AI into their solutions and the reference kits contribute to that goal. These kits build on and complement Intel’s AI software portfolio of end-to-end tools and framework optimizations. Built on the foundation of the oneAPI open, standards-based, heterogeneous programming model, which delivers performance across multiple types of architectures, these tools help data scientists train models faster and at lower cost by overcoming the limitations of proprietary environments.
Over the next year, Intel will release a series of additional open source AI reference kits with trained machine learning and deep learning models to help organizations of all sizes in their digital transformation journey.
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. To learn more about Intel’s innovations, go to newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.
Notices & Disclaimers
1Predictive Utility Analytics Reference Kit, measured on June 29, 2022. HW Configuration: Microsoft Azure Standard D4_v5, OS: Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS (Focal Fossa), 8 X Intel Xeon Platinum 8370C CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2 threads/core, 4 cores/socket, 1 socket. SW Configuration: Config 1 (Python v3.9, Scikit-learn v 1.0.2, XGBoost v0.81), Config 2 (Intel Distribution for Python 3.9.12 2022.0.0, Scikit-learn 0.24.2, Intel Extension for Scikit-learn 2021.5.1, XGBoost 1.4.3, daap4py 2021.6.0). Additional details at https://github.com/oneapi-src/predictive-health-analytics. Results may vary.
2Visual Quality Inspection Reference Kit, measured on June 29, 2022. HW Configuration: Microsoft Azure Standard D4_v5, OS: Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS (Focal Fossa), 4 X Intel Xeon Platinum 8370C CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2 threads/core, 2 cores/socket, 1 socket. SW Configuration: Config 1 (PyTorch v1.8.0), Config 2 (Intel Extension for PyTorch v1.8.0, Intel Neural Compressor v1.12, Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit 2021.4.2). Additional details at https://github.com/oneapi-src/visual-quality-inspection. Results may vary.
3Customer Chatbot Reference Kit, measured on June 22, 2022. HW Configuration: Microsoft Azure Standard D4_v5, OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.9, 4 X Intel Xeon Platinum 8370C CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2 threads/core, 2 cores/socket, 1 socket. SW Configuration: Config 1 (PyTorch v1.11), Config 2 (PyTorch v1.11.0, Intel Extension for PyTorch v1.11.200, Intel Neural Compressor v1.12). Additional details at https://github.com/oneapi-src/customer-chatbot. Results may vary.
4Intelligent Indexing Reference Kit, measured on June 22, 2022. HW Configuration: Amazon AWS m6i.xlarge, OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.9, 4 X Intel Xeon Platinum 8370C CPU @ 2.80GHz, 2 threads/core, 2 cores/socket, 1 socket. SW Configuration: Config 1 (Pandas, Scikit-learn), Config 2 (Intel AI Analytics Toolkit v 2021.4.1, Intel Extension for Scikit-learn, Intel Distribution of Modin). Additional details at https://github.com/oneapi-src/intelligent-indexing. Results may vary.