AlphaGo 不是使用 GPU 加速...

Google 今天公佈的資料中說明了 AlphaGo 不是用一般常見的 GPU 加速運算:「Google supercharges machine learning tasks with TPU custom chip」。

這是特別為 TensorFlow 製作的 ASIC:

The result is called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), a custom ASIC we built specifically for machine learning — and tailored for TensorFlow.

而 AlphaGo 用的版本是 TPU 版:

AlphaGo was powered by TPUs in the matches against Go world champion, Lee Sedol, enabling it to "think" much faster and look farther ahead between moves.

放 AlphaGo 的機櫃長這樣:

通常 ASIC 特製的版本會比 FPGA 或是 GPU 快上許多,這代表目前這些沒有大公司撐腰的圍棋軟體要跟 AlphaGo 拼,除非演算法上有重大的突破,不然就得用更大量的設備跟他換...

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