With Intel poised to enter the datacenter GPU market, the chipmaker this week showed off a software platform mean to simplify management of these devices at scale at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
The open-source software, dubbed Intel XPU Manager, is an in-band remote management service for upgrading firmware, monitoring system utilization, and administering GPUs at the individual node level. The code is an important step as Intel prepares to compete against Nvidia, which has a mature software stack for GPUs with AMD working hard to get its software straight for GPU and CPU.
XPU Manager is a low-level management interface that runs in Kubernetes and is designed to be integrated into existing cluster management and schedulers using RESTful APIs. It also supports local management via the CLI and is validated for use on Ubuntu 20.04 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4.