Europe joins $20 million investment in NeuReality to advance carbon-neutral AI data centers

NeuReality, a technology leader in re-imagining ideal AI Inference and data center infrastructure in the age of AI, has raised $20 million in new funds from the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund, Varana Capital, Cleveland Avenue, XT Hi-Tech and OurCrowd, with participation from Cardumen Capital, Glory Ventures and Alumni Venture Group. The new capital will accelerate the deployment of the company’s NR1™ AI Inference Solution to more customers and users, enabling NeuReality to shift faster from early deployment phase to growth in other markets, regions and generative AI.

This $20 million raise brings NeuReality’s total funding to $70 million. It marks another significant vote of confidence since the successful delivery of its 7nm AI inference server-on-a-chip, the NR1 NAPU™ (Network Addressable Processing Unit) from TSMC last year, the fundamental component of its overall NR1 AI Inference Solution. NeuReality’s efficient AI-centric system architecture enables companies to run generative AI applications and large language models (LLMs) without overinvesting in scarce and underutilized GPUs.

“In order to mitigate GPU scarcity, optimization at the system and datacenter level are key,” said Naveen Rao, VP of Generative AI at Databricks. Rao, a NeuReality board member and early investor in the startup, added, “To enable greater access to compute for generative AI, we must remove market barriers to entry with a far greater sense of urgency. NeuReality’s innovative system, engineered at the data center architecture level — represents that tipping point.”

Enterprises face other big challenges in deploying trained AI models and apps, known as the AI Inference process. Running live AI data to solve a task can be complex and costly, with a record of poor scalability from AI accelerators and system bottlenecks caused by CPUs.

“Our disruptive AI Inference technology is unbound by conventional CPUs, GPUs and NICs. We didn’t try to just improve an already flawed system. Instead, we unpacked and redefined the ideal AI Inference system from top to bottom and end to end, to deliver breakthrough performance, cost savings and energy efficiency,” said NeuReality’s CEO Moshe Tanach, pointing to the paltry 30% to 40% utilization rate of AI accelerators.

“Investing in more and more DLAs, GPUs, LPUs, TPUs…won’t address your core issue of system inefficiency,” remarked Tanach. “It’s akin to installing a faster engine in your car to navigate through traffic congestion and dead ends — it simply won’t get you to your destination any faster. NeuReality, on the other hand, provides an express lane for large AI pipelines, seamlessly routing tasks to purpose-built AI devices and swiftly delivering responses to your customers, while conserving both resources and capital.”

NeuReality’s NR1-M™ and NR1-S™ systems, which are full-height PCIe cards that integrate easily into server racks, drive 100% AI accelerator utilization. Each system houses internal NAPUs that run on any AI accelerator and operate independently from the CPU, eliminating a CPU requirement altogether. By connecting directly to Ethernet, NR1 efficiently manages AI queries from vast data pipelines originating from millions of users and billions of devices. 

The investment of the EIC Fund, the venture arm of the European Commission’s EIC Accelerator program, shows its support for the firm’s solution which not only brings optimized performance, but also improved energy efficiency in AI deployment to the marketplace. The EIC investment further addresses two important industries for Europe — advanced semiconductors and AI, both of which are expected to be major drivers of economic growth in the coming years.

“We recognize the increasing importance of the European Union’s leadership in AI and blazing a different path of high efficiency versus high spending,” said Svetoslava Georgieva, chair of the EIC Fund Board. “NeuReality’s vision and disruptive technology align with our commitment to fortifying the region’s deep tech and AI investments for a sustainable, AI-powered future.”

NeuReality had already secured a substantial grant from the EIC Accelerator program last year to support various development steps of the firm’s innovation aimed at solving the cost and complexity of AI Inference at its core architectural level.

“We appreciate this tremendous vote of confidence from the EU and recognize that the backing of influential investors and the European Union will drive us forward as we pioneer next-gen semiconductor advancements in AI Inference,” Tanach said. “It’s a significant step towards a greener, more democratized AI future.”

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