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Google has developed its own accelerator chips for artificial intelligence it calls tensor processing units (TPUs) after the open source TensorFlow algorithms it released last year. The news was the big surprise saved for the end of a two-hour keynote at the search giant’s annual Google IO event in the heart of Silicon Valley. “We have started building tensor processing units … TPUs are an order of magnitude higher performance per Watt than commercial FPGAs and GPUs, they powered the AlphaGo system,” said Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, citing the Google computer that beat a human Go champion. The accelerators have been running in Google’s data centers for more than a year, according to a blog by Norm Jouppi, a distinguished hardware engineer at Google. “TPUs already power many applications at Google, including RankBrain, used to improve the relevancy of search re...

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