Samsung creates memory with AI processing power | Digital Trends Spanish

South Korean manufacturer Samsung announced the development of the HBM-PIM, the first high-bandwidth memory (HBM) with artificial intelligence (AI) processing power.

According to the company, the in-memory processing architecture (PIM) offers AI capabilities that accelerate processing in data centers, high-performance systems (HPC) and mobile applications for artificial intelligence, among others.

“It is the first programmable PIM solution designed for a variety of workloads powered by artificial intelligence and HPC,” said Kwangil Park, vice president of Product Planning, Samsung Electronics.

Most current systems are based on the Von Neumann architecture, which uses memory units and a processor that work independently to perform millions of processing tasks.

It is a sequential approach that requires constantly moving data in different directions, slowing down the system, especially when dealing with large volumes of data.

HBM-PIM technology, on the other hand, brings the processing power to the same place where the data is stored. It places an artificial intelligence engine within each memory bank, allowing for parallel processing and minimizing data movement.

According to preliminary tests by Samsung, this architecture is capable of doubling the performance of a system and reducing power consumption by more than 70 percent. The HBM-PIM memory also does not require hardware or software changes, which will facilitate its integration with existing systems, the company says.

The technology will be tested at some Samsung partners. The validations are expected to be completed in the first half of 2021.

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