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Intel: Creating the Metaverse will require major infrastructure upgrades

The IT infrastructure that powers the internet will require major upgrades to bring the metaverse from theory to practice, according to Raja Koduri, senior vice president and general manager of accelerated computing and graphics systems at Intel.

Speaking at the At Monday’s RealTime conference, Koduri showcased the vision of distributed applications capable of leveraging all available compute resources nearby, which he later described in a blog post.

“We need orders of magnitude more powerful computing capabilities, accessible at much lower latencies across a multitude of device form factors,” Koduri wrote. “To activate these capabilities at scale, all plumbing on the Internet will require major upgrades. “

If you build it they will come

For Intel, the Metaverse “could be the next major computing platform after the World Wide Web and mobile”.

However, Koduri has warned that existing data centers are not ready to deliver the full range of experiences promised by Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg.

“Consider what is needed to put two individuals socially in a fully virtual environment: compelling, detailed avatars with lifelike clothing, hair and skin tones – all rendered in real time and based on sensor data. capturing real world 3D objects, gestures, audio and much more; data transfer at very high bandwidths and extremely low latencies; and a persistent model of the environment, which can contain both real and simulated elements, ”he wrote.

“Now imagine solving this problem on a large scale – for hundreds of millions of users simultaneously – and you will quickly realize that our IT, storage and network infrastructure today is simply not enough to handle it. make this vision a reality. “

According to Koduri, Intel is working on building blocks for the Metaverse that can be summed up in three layers. The meta-intelligence layer focuses on a unified programming model and open software development tools and libraries to make it easier for developers to deploy complex applications.

The “meta-operations” layer describes the infrastructure layer that provides users with computation beyond what is available to them locally.

And the “meta-calculus” layer is the raw power needed to power the Metaverse experiments.

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At the RTC event, Intel showcased some of the technologies that can be categorized as “meta-operations”. It showed Hitman 3 – a popular video game released earlier this year and notable for its resource-intensive visuals – running on a laptop equipped with the Iris Xe GPU. The game suffered from low frame rates and frequent stuttering, with CPU and GPU usage approaching 100%.

The situation was markedly different when using Intel’s technology for tap into a remote desktop’s compute, all without leaving the confines of the laptop’s operating system.

According to the presentation, this was made possible through the abstraction of system resources: rather than running the entire compute instance on remote hardware, as you do with virtual machines, the approach of Intel extends specific resources, to be provided on the network.

“It’s decoupling the user experience from the infrastructure,” said the presenter. “There were no hoops to jump through, no complicated considerations, no creating multiple accounts on streaming services, and no worry about persisting saves and game settings.”