Google Announces Advanced Chip that Leapfrogs Moore’s Law

The Tensor Processing Unit. Image credit: Google On Wednesday, Google took a look into the future with the opening keynote address at the annual I/O developer conference. They announced several products and services we’ll see rolled out in the next year or so, as well as revealing one which was already in use: Tensor Processing Unit, an ASIC built specifically for machine learning and used to power Google’s datacenters as well as the go-playing AI AlphaGo. A board with the Tensor Processing Unit can be slotted into a hard disk drive slot on Google’s data center racks and enables them to perform more operations per second, bringing in intelligent results more quickly. Because it’s tailored to machine learning, it is also more tolerant of reduced computational precision, and therefore requires…


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