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A specialized hardware accelerator designed to speed up machine learning workloads on Google Cloud Platform.
Tensor Processing Unit (TPU)
An application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that optimizes the performance of machine learning workloads. These ASICs are deployed as multiple TPU chips on a TPU device.
Abbreviation for Tensor Processing Unit.
A programmable linear algebra accelerator with on-chip high bandwidth memory that is optimized for machine learning workloads. Multiple TPU chips are deployed on a TPU device.
A printed circuit board (PCB) with multiple TPU chips, high bandwidth network interfaces, and system cooling hardware.
The central coordination process running on a host machine that sends and receives data, results, programs, performance, and system health information to the TPU workers. The TPU master also manages the setup and shutdown of TPU devices.
A TPU resource on Google Cloud Platform with a specific TPU type. The TPU node connects to your VPC Network from a peer VPC network. TPU nodes are a resource defined in the Cloud TPU API.
A specific configuration of TPU devices in a Google data center. All of the devices in a TPU pod are connected to one another over a dedicated high-speed network. A TPU Pod is the largest configuration of TPU devices available for a specific TPU version.
A TPU entity on Google Cloud Platform that you create, manage, or consume. For example, TPU nodes and TPU types are TPU resources.
A TPU slice is a fractional portion of the TPU devices in a TPU Pod. All of the devices in a TPU slice are connected to one another over a dedicated high-speed network.
A configuration of one or more TPU devices with a specific
TPU hardware version. You select a TPU type when you create
a TPU node on Google Cloud Platform. For example, a
TPU type is a single TPU v2 device with 8 cores. A
v3-2048 TPU type has 256
networked TPU v3 devices and a total of 2048 cores. TPU types are a resource
defined in the
Cloud TPU API.
A process that runs on a host machine and executes machine learning programs on TPU devices.