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My other computer is a data center
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Today we're revealing more details about the Tensorflow ASIC that is powering Google's ML services like voice or image recognition.
ISCA paper preprint about Google's Tensor Processing Unit

Paper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx4hafXDDq2EMzRNcy1vSUxtcEk/view
Blog post by +Norm Jouppi: https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2017/04/quantifying-the-performance-of-the-TPU-our-first-machine-learning-chip.html

Last June at Google I/O, +Sundar Pichai showed an example of a new type of custom ASIC that Google had developed to accelerate machine learning workloads, called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), but didn't give very many details. The TPU is used to run large neural networks very efficiently and with low latency throughout many Google products, including Search, Photos, Translate, and also powered the AlphaGo system used during the match against Lee Sedol in Korea last March, and offers 92 trillion operations per second (TOPs) per chip with a modest power budget. I'm happy to announce that we now have a detailed paper In-Datacenter Performance Analysis of a Tensor Processing Unit​ that will appear in this year's International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) conference in Toronto in June. Today we've published a pre-print of the paper and a companion blog post, and +David Patterson will be giving a talk about the TPU at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View this afternoon (https://sites.google.com/corp/view/naeregionalsymposium: sadly no more space is available).

Various news articles:
https://www.nextplatform.com/2017/04/05/first-depth-look-googles-tpu-architecture/
https://www.wired.com/2017/04/building-ai-chip-saved-google-building-dozen-new-data-centers/
Hacker News discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14043059



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While other providers still focus on their terrestrial deployments, we're one big step ahead already. Some think the sky is the limit -- but we think bigger.

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Our infrastructure is not maintained by Lin-Manuel Miranda :-)

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Does Google support open source? Yep....287,024 commits by Googlers (@google.com emails) to open source in 2016 alone.
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Detailed analysis of the new GCP discounts. "Bottom Line: Google Comes Out the Winner"

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Awesome idea for designing a spillway -- whoever did that was a genius 👍

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My other computer is now powered by Skylake. Available only on GCP, of course. 

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Nicely visual explanation of submarine cables, and the follow-on video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VioC059uMVk) explains fiber optics.

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In-depth review of the new Cloud Spanner database service. 
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