Understanding Tensor Processing Units

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Sciforce
May 28, 2019 · 8 min read

In 2017, Google announced a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) — a custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) built specifically for machine learning. A year later, TPUs were moved to the cloud and made open for commercial use.

Following the line of CPUs and GPUs, Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) are Google’s custom-developed application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are supposed to…