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The fervor of cryptocoin mining has consumed a large part of the semiconductor industry of late. The demands for high performance silicon to mine these virtual assets with value is one factor in a global shortage of available parts for computers, automobiles, defense, research, and other industries. One consistent element to cryptocoin mining over the last decade is the prevalence of hijacked machines and devices through malware, commonly known as botnets. Previously these armies of machines were co-opted to perform bandwidth attacks against various targets, but they have also been used for their compute resources – mining coins that have value for those that control the botnet. This week Intel and Microsoft are announcing an additional layer of protection against these sorts of attacks.

MLPerf Inference v1.0: 2000 Suite Results, New Power Measurements

There has been a strong desire for a series of industry standard machine learning benchmarks, akin to the SPEC benchmarks for CPUs, in order to compare relative solutions. Over...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/21/2021

Cerebras Unveils Wafer Scale Engine Two (WSE2): 2.6 Trillion Transistors, 100% Yield

The last few years has seen a glut of processors enter the market with the sole purpose of accelerating artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. Due to the different...

135 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/20/2021

AI Funding Spree: +$300m for Groq, +$676m for SambaNova

The growth of AI has seen a resurgence in venture capital funding for silicon start-ups. Designing AI silicon for machine learning, both for training and inference, has become hot...

14 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/19/2021

Intel’s DPG Launch Event April 6th: Early Look at 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake)

Today Intel has announced that it will be holding a launch event on April 6th for the new vision of its Data Platform Group. This event is set to...

28 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/19/2021

Jim Keller Becomes CTO at Tenstorrent: "The Most Promising Architecture Out There"

It is high praise when someone like Jim Keller says that your company ‘has made impressive progress, and has the most promising architecture out there’. That praise means twice...

65 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/5/2021

Graphcore Series E Funding: $710m Total, $440m Cash-in-Hand

For those that aren’t following the AI industry, one of the key metrics to observe for a number of these AI semiconductor startups is the amount of funding they...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/4/2021

SambaNova Breaks Cover: $450M AI Startup with 8-Socket AI Training Solutions (and more)

Users that follow the AI silicon space will have heard of SambaNova – a quiet company that has made very little noise but has racked up some serious backing...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/9/2020

Qualcomm's Cloud AI 100 Now Sampling: Up to 400TOPs at 75W

Today Qualcomm is revealing more information on last year’s announced “Cloud AI 100” inference chip and platform. The new inference platform by the company is said to have entered...

15 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/16/2020

Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine News: DoE Supercomputer Gets 400,000 AI Cores

One of the more interesting AI silicon projects over the last couple of years has been the Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine, most notably for the fact that a single...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Silicon Photonics for AI (6:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

6 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Alibaba's Hanguang 800 NPU (5:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

1 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Baidu Kunlun AI Processor (4:30pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

3 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Manticore 4096-core RISC-V (3:30pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

7 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Cerebras WSE Programming (3:00pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

27 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Google TPUv2 and TPUv3 (2:30pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

1 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Keynote Day 2, Dan Belov of Deepmind (1:30pm PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

1 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

342 Transistors for Every Person In the World: Cerebras 2nd Gen Wafer Scale Engine Teased

One of the highlights of Hot Chips from 2019 was the startup Cerebras showcasing its product – a large ‘wafer-scale’ AI chip that was literally the size of a...

32 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 32 (2020) Schedule Announced: Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, Raja Koduri Keynote

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – the best industry conference I go to every year is Hot Chips. The event has grown over...

65 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/8/2020

Arm Announces Ethos-N78 NPU: Bigger And More Efficient

Yesterday Arm released the new Cortex-A78, Cortex-X1 CPUs and the new Mali-G78 GPU. Alongside the new “key” IPs from the company, we also saw the reveal of the newest...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/27/2020

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