Intel won’t stop data centers from using Gaming Arc GPUs

The Arc A7 mid-range GPU family for consumer gaming is not built for large-scale operations, with numerous GPU instances running simultaneously. For this purpose, Intel offers the Data Center GPU Flex series, which are basically the same cards but don’t have display ports and cooling fans.

Intel now licenses such use, even if users want to buy Arc A7 GPUs for use in servers. This indicates that Intel’s software licensing approach will be similar to AMD’s, but unique to NVIDIA’s. Intel will not limit its desktop GPUs to just desktop computers. Unlike NVIDIA’s CUDA licenses, the company stated it has no plans to restrict its use in servers.

During the event, I also confirmed an important detail. Intel isn’t going to limit its desktop cards to just desktops. Unlike NVIDIA’s CUDA license, the company said it had no intention of banning its use in servers. That was a welcome announcement.

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NVIDIA prohibits the use of GeForce and TITAN GPUs in data centers and does not provide a software license for use in data centers. This consideration should sufficiently convince any responsible company or government to invest in data center hardware. However, this has no effect on the small players.

Intriguingly, the NVIDIA license still allows “blockchain processing,” which is supposed to refer to advanced technology, but in practice pertains to crypto mining. Meanwhile, it seems that Arc GPUs can be used for everything.

Via ServeTheHome

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