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Revealed: Blueprints to Google's AI FPU aka the Tensor Processing Unit



Though I have great hopes for ASICs like the TPU, and for the many FPGA-based ANN accelerators, as well as for upcoming 1K+ core designs like Adapteva's, the bottom line is support for the common ANN packages and OpenCL.

In that regard, the GPU will reign supreme until one of the other hardware solutions achieves broad support. Only AMD and NVIDIA GPUs provide "serious" OpenCL support, and between the two, NVIDIA is preferred in the ANN world.

An important previously-mentioned caveat is that most of the ASIC and FPGA accelerators aren't much help during training. For now, you're still going to need CPU/GPU-based ANN support.

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