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2017 version of MKL?

Is MKL 2017 is still available?

I have a Phi 3120a and would like to try the automatic offload feature - which was removed in the MKL 2018 release.

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actually, you may try to request this version from this page - https://software.intel.com/en-us/performance-libraries  or submit ticket from Intel Online Service Center in the case if you have a valid license. 

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I see MKL-2017 is available in Conda, but there are complications.

  • I dont have paid support, just the free license.
  • At this point, I'm running on Windows, which no longer has a MKL-2017 installer.
  • I'm using the Intel DNN library -- and it doesn't have a 2017 version anymore. So it may be using the installed MKL-2019 dll?
  • I doubt I'd be able to build Tensorflow inside a 1xx Phi (bazel is difficult to build on a regular system)

I'm building a complex set of applications with limitations ranging from memory bandwidth to compute:cores*clock to floating point math (neural).  -- To prove scale and limiting factors vs cost -- i.e. should we invest in one big cpu, a cluster, GPU, or mix?

I was pretty successful running Linux on the Phi, and learned a lot.
This was definitely off-use for a 1xx phi, this test is scaled down, but it still runs out of memory quickly.
About 47 threads was only just catching up to 1 current-gen core (or 4 threads on a 2-core Atom with only 2G RAM), due to the old in-order cores and slow clock.  [around 32 threads, the app started needing virtual memory to complete; over 47 overall performance decreased]


htop screenshot: mid-run of an app on 57 threads

I see this promising benchmark that a Phi 7250 can beat a dual 32-core monster, or a GTX1080 at inference on AlexNet and GoogleNet
but a 1080 is much more affordable/available than the others...
https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/tensorflow-optimizations-on-modern-intel-architecture
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia-rtx2080ti-tensorflow&num=3

Just disappointed I wont see my Phi running at full steam after all the work I put into it...

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