A.I. News AMD confirms AI NPU monitoring is coming to Windows Task Manager


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AMD confirmed that system monitoring of its XDNA Neural Processing Units (NPUs) is coming shortly to Windows Task Manager through Microsoft's Computer Driver Model. Currently, Windows 11 can only monitor the NPU units in Intel's new Core Ultra Meteor Lake CPUs, but that will change once these updates come in. An exact release schedule was not disclosed, but it is reasonable to assume AMD is probably targeting integration with Microsoft's next AI-focused patch, Windows 11 24H2.

AMD will be using Microsoft's Compute Driver Model (MCDM) to enable Windows 11 to monitor AMD's XDNA NPUs utilization. MCDM is an offshoot of the Microsoft Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) that is designed specifically for compute-only microchip processors like an NPU. According to AMD, MCDM also enables Windows to manage the NPU, including power management and scheduling similar to the CPU and GPU. This will be important as NPU adoption grows and multiple programs try to run on the NPU simultaneously.

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