Machine-learning processor startup born in Bristol

July 15, 2016 // By Peter Clarke Although Graphcore describes itself as a systems company it also claims to have invented the intelligent processing unit or IPU. The IPU works alongside a CPU to accelerate machine-learning software. It is not clear whether the IPU is implemented as fully-diffused silicon or as a programmed version of a field-programmable device. Graphcore says the IPU supports massively parallel, low-precision floating point computation to provide higher compute density than other solutions, the company claims on its website. The IPU is backed up by a set of software tools and libraries that are designed to integrate with leading machine-learning development frameworks. Graphcore says it will start delivering server-class IPU products soon. The company has a second address in Palo Alto, California. Mark Lippett, who has…

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