OpenVINO Runtime offers multiple inference modes to allow optimum hardware utilization under different conditions. The most basic one is a single-device mode, which defines just one device responsible for the entire inference workload. It supports a range of Intel hardware by means of plugins embedded in the Runtime library, each set up to offer the best possible performance. For a complete list of supported devices and instructions on how to use them, refer to the guide on inference devices.
The remaining modes assume certain levels of automation in selecting devices for inference. Using them in the deployed solution may potentially increase its performance and portability. The automated modes are:
:doc:``Multi-Device Execution (MULTI) <openvino_docs_OV_UG_Running_on_multiple_devices>`