Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Major Leap

Tensor processing unit (TPU) Google I/O conference presentation At the latest Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, the tech giant announced a new tensor processing unit (TPU), a processing accelerator unit used in machine learning that moves Moore’s Law forward with almost seven years or about three chip generations. Google says the accelerator can deliver the highest performance-per-watt order of magnitude, greater than all the commercially available ones. The new tensor processing unit is designed specifically for machine learning tasks. In fact, as Norm Jouppi, Google engineer confirms, the accelerator has been running in their data centers for more than a year. They have been using it for machine learning actions that required reduced computational precision like object recognition or deep learning. The name originated in the accelerator’s main…


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