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What is the Language Processing Unit (LPU)? Is It GPU's Rival?by@kseniase
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What is the Language Processing Unit (LPU)? Is It GPU's Rival?

by Ksenia Se7mFebruary 21st, 2024
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Remember that game of Go in 2016 when AlphaGo played against the world champion Lee Sedol and won? Well, about a month before the competition, there was a test game which AlphaGo lost. The researchers from DeepMind ported AlphaGo to the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), and then the computer program was able to win by a wide margin. The realization that computational power was a bottleneck for AI’s potential led to the inception of Groq and the creation of the LPU. This realization came to Jonathan Ross who initially began what became the TPU project at Google. He started Groq in 2016.

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