4 machine learning breakthroughs from Google’s TPU processor

Google is nothing if not ambitious about its machine learning plans. Around this time last year it unveiled its custom TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) hardware accelerator designed to run its TensorFlow machine learning framework at world-beating speeds.

Now, the company is providing details of just how much juice a TPU can provide for machine learning work, courtesy of a paper that delves into the technical aspects. All that info shows how Google’s approach will influence future development of machine learning powered by custom silicon.

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