Tag: Intel

High-Performing Python

I was pleasantly surprised to see some very useful downloads when I opened the November 2017 issue of the Intel Developer Products Newsletter:

  • Intel Distribution for Python – Accelerate Python Performance – Powered by ANACONDA, and
  • Intel Performance Libraries – Download these free libraries today to create better, more reliable, and faster software applications.
    • Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel DAAL)
    • Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL)
    • Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP)
    • Intel Threading Building Block (Intel TBB)
    • Intel MPI Library (Windows Package)

Rather than write about these free offerings from Intel, click on the links above to see and choose the tools that will serve you best.  The files are relatively large and you may want to reserve your time for when and how you download them to your machine.  Versions are available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Anaconda is my Python installation of choice if not simply for the ease of maintaining the many Python packages that are available.  That the Intel distribution for Python is powered by Anaconda is not surprising.

Although I’ve expressed my fair share of caution when using code libraries written by others, I have no concerns with Intel as the documentation is more than thorough.  If you’re truly interested in a comprehensive Python installation, consider this package offering from Intel.

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Flawed Execution: Performance Matters – Surface Pro 3

Softpedia recently published an article titled, “New Intel Drivers Boost Surface Pro 3 Performance by 30 Percent“.  According to the article:

Intel says that the new drivers released for the HD 4400/5000 graphics used on the Core M processor range can improve performance by up to 30 percent, which means that the Surface Pro 3 can now reduce loading times and make the device faster overall.

Our Surface Pro 3, i7, is already a high performance machine, however, a free boost in performance from Intel would make it even more so.  The “updates” can be downloaded as zip files for both 32 and 64 bit machines.  Before you do … read on.

After downloading, extracting the files, and attempting to install we were greeted with the following unexpected message:

Intel Driver Update

We clicked “Yes” and read the information provided on the Intel support website.  After realizing that this could get more complicated than we anticipated, we decided to leave things as they are.

This little exercise certainly demonstrates what “Flawed Execution” looks like:  Excellent Intentions, Rough Plan, Execution Failure.  Our Surface Pro 3 configuration is factory set, “as is” out of the box.  Did someone actually succeed with the installation?  We can’t be sure.  The only comment posted under the article suggests that at least one other person tried and also failed.

Certainly other articles may have been published to announce the same performance improvements.  For now, it looks like we have a little more research to do before pursuing this potentially significant performance enhancement.

Update:

Even comments in the “Related Articles” suggest varying degrees of success.  Waiting for Microsoft to incorporate this improvement in a future update is likely the better route to take.  We attempted updating directly from Intel’s site, only to stumble on more concerns than we had hoped for.

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