A UK-based AI-chip startup is making its first moves into North American to take on Nvidia on its home turf in the enterprise with new channel and reseller partners.\nFounded in 2016, Graphcore makes what it calls Intelligence Processing Units (IPUs) and shipped its first product\u2014the Colossus GC2 \u201cmassively parallel, mixed-precision floating point processor\u201d\u2014in 2018. In July 2020, it released its second-generation processor called GC200, but news of that was drowned out by all the disruption caused by COVID-19.\n\nIn addition to chips, the company sells cards and racks. The IPU-M2000 is a 1U blade built around four Colossus GC200 IPU processors, capable of one petaFlop of AI compute. The IPU-POD64 is designed for large-scale deployments and offers the ability to run very large models across as many as 64 IPU processors in parallel.\n\u201cAs leaders in artificial-intelligence research and deployment, the US and Canada are incredibly important markets for Graphcore,\u201d wrote Victoria Rege, Graphcore director of alliances and strategic partnerships in a blog post. \u201cThese new relationships will help us meet the growing demand for cutting-edge AI compute systems that excel at today\u2019s most widely used applications, as well as being architected for the next generation of models and workloads,\u201d\nGraphcore already had some powerful partners. Microsoft is evaluating use of the IPU in its Azure data centers and Dell Technologies Capital is an investor in the company.\nJoining Graphcore\u2019s Global Partner Program are:\n\nApplied Data Systems: a supplier and integrator of high-performance computing (HPC) systems to government, research facilities, and private industries.\nImages et Technologie: A Canadian HPC vendor.\nTrace3: Trace3 consults on integration in cloud, security, infrastructure, AI and more.\n\nThe company has also added North American channel partners 2CRSi, BIOS IT, and Boston Limited.\nGraphcore is expanding its relationship with Dell Technologies as Dell\u2019s OEM Solutions Group begins working to help their customers adopt IPU technologies. Dell Technologies Capital is an investor in Graphcore, and Dell was the technology supplier for Graphcore\u2019s first-generation of IPU systems.