Wednesday May 18, 2016

Google Supercharges Machine Learning Tasks With TPU Custom Chip

Google has just revealed its custom built Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), an ASIC specifically to be used for machine learning. Apparently this project has been in the works for some time now. The search giant says that, even though it is just now taking the wraps off this project today, it has been using TPUs for over a year now.

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Our goal is to lead the industry on machine learning and make that innovation available to our customers. Building TPUs into our infrastructure stack will allow us to bring the power of Google to developers across software like TensorFlow and Cloud Machine Learning with advanced acceleration capabilities. Machine Learning is transforming how developers build intelligent applications that benefit customers and consumers, and we're excited to see the possibilities come to life.