The AI chip unicorn that’s about to revolutionize everything has computational Graph at its Core
AI is the most disruptive technology of our lifetimes, and AI chips are the most disruptive infrastructure for AI. By that measure, the impact of what Graphcore is about to massively unleash in the world is beyond description. Here is how pushing the boundaries of Moore’s Law with IPUs works, and how it compares to today’s state of the art on the hardware and software level. Should incumbent Nvidia worry, and users rejoice?
If luck is another word for being at the right place at the right time, you could say we got lucky. Graphcore, the hottest name in AI chips, has been on our radar for a while now, and a discussion with Graphcore’s founders was planned well before news about it broke out this week.
Graphcore, as you may have heard by now, just secured another $200 million of funding from BMW, Microsoft, and leading financial investors to deliver the world’s most advanced AI chip at scale. Names include the likes of Atomico, Merian Chrysalis, Investment Company Limited, Sofina, and Sequoia. As Graphcore CEO and Founder Nigel Toon shared, Graphcore had to turn down investors for this round, including, originally, the iconic Sequoia fund.
Graphcore is now officially a unicorn, with a valuation of $1.7 billion. Graphcore’s partners such as Dell, the world’s largest server producer, Bosch, the world’s largest supplier of electronics for the automotive industry, and Samsung, the world’s largest consumer electronics company, have access to its chips already. So, here’s your chance to prepare for, and understand, the revolution you’re about to see unfolding in the not-so-distant future.