Rethinking Deep Learning: Neural Compute Stick

Wednesday, May 23, 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Summit Track: 
Enabling Technologies
Exhibit Hall A-3

In July 2017, Intel released the Movidius Neural Compute Stick (NCS)–a first-of-its-kind USB-based device for rapid prototyping and development of inference applications at the edge. NCS is powered by the same low power, high-performance Movidius Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can be found in millions of smart security cameras, gesture-controlled drones, industrial machine vision devices and more. Delivering significant acceleration over previous, compute-constrained platforms, the Neural Compute Stick is enabling all sorts of companies to embrace the revolution brought about by deep learning. NCS Platform Director Ashish Pai will discuss the development of this unique product, adoption of this completely new tool and share stories of companies–ranging from established multinational tech companies to ambitious startups–that have gone from prototyping on the Neural Compute Stick to developing full-fledged products utilizing embedded neural networks.


Ashish Pai

Senior Director, Neural Compute Program, Intel

Ashish Pai is a Senior Director of the Neural Compute Program (NCP) for Movidius within the New Technology Group (NTG) at Intel Corporation. He is currently responsible for product architecture, design, development, customer outreach, support and marketing for all NCP products. He joined Intel in 1998 as a researcher at Intel Labs. Subsequently, he has held various technical and management positions enabling the development of four lead process technology microprocessor programs. He led the strategic planning and program management of multiple generations of low power IA products. Prior to leading the Neural Compute team, Ashish managed product engineering for all maker and innovator products at Intel. He also led the technical support for America's Greatest Makers TV show on CNN affiliate network TBS. He is a 3 time recipient of Intel Achievement Award (IAA – Intel’s highest corporate award). He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.

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