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  1. Summary Graphcore, a UK-based chip design company, launched its second iteration of their Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) for AI acceleration, which they claim is the world's most complex chip: the Colossus MK2 or GC200 IPU. The processor has 59.4 billion transistors and offers an eight times performance increase from the company’s Colossus MK1, says Graphcore. It boasts more than the 54 billion transistors found in Nvidia’s A100, announced earlier this year. Graphcore will be making the GC200 available via its new IPU Machine, the M2000, which contains four GC200 chips in a single chassis and which delivers 1 petaflop of total compute. The firm says its new hardware is “completely plug-and-play” and that customers will be able to connect up to 64,000 IPUs together for a total of 16 exaflops of computing power. Quotes My thoughts This new product could be very interesting as a competitor for Nvidia, which has dominated the market so far in AI compute. There seems to be a lot of work put into this design, both in the electronics and software side, and it could be a gamechanger for its price to performance numbers against other competitors. Sources https://www.graphcore.ai/products/ipu https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=_zvU0uwIafQ https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/15/21324103/ai-chips-nvidia-graphcore-colossus-mk2-gc200-ipu https://www.forbes.com/sites/moorinsights/2020/07/15/could-graphcores-second-chip-challenge-nvidia/#425ce1c24e5c