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John Barrus, Product Mgr-Cloud TPUs

February 13, 2018

John Barrus
Zak Stone

Google Moves Machine Learning Hardware to the Cloud

..... With all that computing power, software engineers can train neural networks used in machine learning in hours rather than days, and without having to build a private computing cluster, according to Google. “Traditionally, writing programs for custom ASICs and supercomputers has required deeply specialized expertise,” wrote John Barrus, Google Cloud’s product manager for Cloud TPUs, and Zak Stone, product manager for TensorFlow and Cloud TPUs inside the Google Brain team, in a blog post. To lower the bar for programing, Google is offering a set of software tools based on TensorFlow, a software framework for machine learning developed by Google. .....

February 12, 2018

John Barrus

Wanna gobble Google's custom chips? Now you can its Cloud TPUs at $6.50 an hour

..... While the first generation was only applicable for training neural networks, the Cloud TPU can handle both training and inference. John Barrus, product manager for Cloud TPUs and Zak Stone, product manager for TensorFlow and Cloud TPUs, said earlier today the chips are “available in limited quantities today and usage is billed by the second at the rate of $6.50 USD / Cloud TPU / hour.” Six bucks an hour may seem steep, but consider Amazon's AWS charges up to roughly $24 an hour for a top-end GPU-powered virtual instance for machine-learning tasks. .....