Startup Will Offer Custom-Built Deep Learning Computers

Home News Startup Will Offer Custom-Built Deep Learning Computers Michael Feldman, July 22, 2016, 5:46 a.m. Silicon Valley’s newest chipmaker, Wave Computing, came out of stealth mode this week, announcing a family of computers purpose-built for deep learning. The new systems are powered by the Wave Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), a massively parallel dataflow processor designed to optimize the learning models. According to the company, the technology performs an order of magnitude faster than GPUs or FPGAs and is more energy efficient. The technical details of the DPU are a bit sketchy. Besides the fact that it’s a dataflow architecture, Wave revealed that the hardware includes built-in support for popular machine learning frameworks, such as Google’s TensorFlow and Microsoft’s CNTK. In addition, the processor will utilize both DDR memory and Hybrid Memory…


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