Chip promises brain-like AI in your mobile devices

Eyeriss’ trick is to avoid swapping data when possible. Each of the cores (which effectively serves as a neuron) has its own memory, and compresses data whenever it leaves. It also keeps the amount of work to a minimum. Nearby cores can talk directly to each other, so they don’t need to talk to a central source (say, main memory) if what they need is close at hand. On top of that, a special delegation circuit gives cores as much work as they can handle without going back to fetch data. There’s no mention of how soon you could expect Eyeriss’ technology in something you can buy, but the impact for machine learning could easily be huge. You could have your smartphone (or any other low-power device) handle AI-based processing…


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