Google is all set to launch an advanced cloud computing service that will offer an exclusive access to a new kind of AI chip designed by the engineers at Google. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, launched the chip and talked about the cloud service at Google’s I/O Conference 2017.
The new chip is called Cloud TPU (Tensor Processing Units) and they are available for Google Cloud Platform customers. Google has built various TPUs called TPU Pods. These pods contain 64 TPUs that can deliver 11.5 petaflops of processing power. Google's TPU tech seems to intelligently sidestep Nvidia's New Volta architecture which was made public last week.
This new technology is designed to both train and infers deep neural networks. It is a machine learning system behind everything from image and voice recognition to automated translation and robotics. The chip will not be sold in a traditional way. Instead, businesses and developers looking forward to building and operating the software can get the access through its new cloud service.
Both the new chip as well as the cloud computing service are keeping the evolution of Google. Though most of the company’s revenue come from advertising, the company sees cloud computing as another major revenue provider.
The new technology will surely be leveraged by many to build or develop apps, website and other software.
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