Processors

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Gif shows closeup images of graphics processing units from Nvidia and AMD.
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The Geopolitics of GPUs: US Bans Nvidia and AMD Chip Sales to China

The ban impacts Nvidia's A100 and H100 chips, and AMD's MI250.
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Chips at Risk
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Chips at Risk

The hardware that runs the latest AI systems faces rising uncertainty as models grow larger and more computationally intensive.What’s new: The U.S. Commerce Department sounded an alarm over bottlenecks
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smaller town bigger tree
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Trillions of Parameters: Are AI Models With Trillions of Parameters the New Normal?

The trend toward ever-larger models crossed the threshold from immense to ginormous. Google kicked off 2021 with Switch Transformer, the first published work to exceed a trillion parameters, weighing in at 1.6 trillion.
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First image showing the Google Tensor chip. Second image showing the Google Pixel 6 phone
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Competition Heats Up in Mobile AI: Google Designed Its Own Tensor AI Chip for Smartphones

Google designed its own AI chip for its new smartphone — a snub to Qualcomm, the dominant chip vendor in Android phones. What’s new: Google debuted the Tensor chip last week
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Different Apple products using augmented reality
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Apple Kicks AI Into High Gear

After years of trailing other tech giants in AI, Apple has a new ambition: to become the industry’s leading purveyor of products powered by machine learning. In an interview with Ars Technica, the company’s AI chief argues that its pro-privacy.
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A neural network wrote the blueprint for upcoming computer chips
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Computers Making Computers

A neural network wrote the blueprint for upcoming computer chips that will accelerate deep learning itself. Google engineers used a reinforcement learning system to arrange the billions of minuscule transistors in an upcoming version of its Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) chips.
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Data related to Nvidia's Pay Attention When Required (Par) approach
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Selective Attention

Large transformer networks work wonders with natural language, but they require enormous amounts of computation. New research slashes processor cycles without compromising performance.
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AI chip and graphics processing unit
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AI Chip Leaders Join Forces

A major corporate acquisition could reshape the hardware that makes AI tick.What’s new: U.S. processor giant Nvidia, the world’s leading vendor of the graphics processing units (GPUs) that perform calculations for deep learning, struck a deal to purchase UK chip designer Arm for $40 billion.
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Graphs and data related to AI chips
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Built for Speed

Chips specially designed for AI are becoming much faster at training neural networks, judging from recent trials. MLPerf, an organization that’s developing standards for hardware performance in machine learning tasks, released results from its third benchmark competition.
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Colossus Mk2, processor by Graphcore
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New Horsepower for Neural Nets

A high-profile semiconductor startup made a bid for the future of AI computation. UK startup Graphcore released the Colossus Mk2, a processor intended to perform the matrix math calculations at the heart of deep learning more efficiently than other specialized processors.
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Information related to the Once-for-All (OFA) method
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Build Once, Run Anywhere

From server to smartphone, devices with less processing speed and memory require smaller networks. Instead of building and training separate models to run on a variety of hardware, a new approach trains a single network that can be adapted to any device.
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Quantum computing
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Quantum Leap

Quantum computing has made great strides in recent years, though it still faces significant challenges. If and when it gets here, machine learning may be ready for it.
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Some results from CB Insights' annual list of the 100 most promising startups in AI
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Machine Learning Churning

Many of this year’s hottest AI companies are taking the spotlight from last year’s darlings.What’s new: CB Insights, which analyzes early-stage companies, published its annual list of the 100 “most promising” startups in AI.
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David Patterson
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David Patterson: Faster Training and Inference

Billions of dollars invested to create novel AI hardware will bear their early fruit in 2020. Google unleashed a financial avalanche with its tensor processing unit in 2017.
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Intel AI chip
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Not Your Father’s GPU

Intel, which dominates the market for general-purpose processors, is shipping its long-awaited AI chips. The chip giant announced that two so-called neural network processors are available to data-center customers.
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