Google’s new processor fast-forwards machine learning technology

Google’s TPU chip was briefly mentioned at the company’s I/O conference on Wednesday, but now a blog post from engineer Norm Jouppi has gone into detail about the capabilities of the processor.More Google has unveiled a custom chip created specifically to facilitate projects related to machine learning and artificial intelligence. The company is calling the chip a Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, in reference to the fact that it has been tailored to work with its TensorFlow machine learning API. A blog post published by hardware engineer Norm Jouppi reveals that the TPU started its life as a “stealthy project” several years ago. The technology has now been implemented in Google’s data centers for more than a year, and it appears that the chips offer distinct advantages over standard processors. Google claims that its…

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