TPU Is Google’s Seven Year Lead In AI

Google has been doing some remarkable things with AI, but the speed of development is set to increase because it has the Tensor Processing Unit, TPU. The TPU is a custom ASIC – Application-Specific Integrated circuit. This doesn’t tell you much about exactly what the hardware is because ASIC covers a range of technologies from low cost and easy Field Programable Gate Arrays to full custom integrated circuits that are difficult and cost a lot. All we know is that from the first test samples to getting the device into data centers took just 22 days. Although notice that the project was: “a stealthy project at Google several years ago to see what we could accomplish with our own custom accelerators for machine learning applications.” The application that the TPUs…


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