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HFA Client Cerebras Creates Giant Computer Chip, Reports The New York Times

2019-08-20T21:11:47+00:00

HFA client Cerebras, a three-year-old company backed by more than $200 million in funding, has created a giant computer chip designed to keep additional data on a single chip so a system can operate faster. HFA recently helped Cerebras recruit its VP, Software Engineering.

Cerebras’ chip was recently featured in The New York Times, in the article “To Power A.I., Start-Up Creates a Giant Computer Chip,” by Cade Metz, published on August 19, 2019.

An excerpt of the New York Times article is below, and you may access the entire article by clicking here.

The largest computer chips would usually fit in the palm of your hand. Some could rest on the tip of your finger. Conventional wisdom says anything bigger would be a problem.

Now a Silicon Valley start-up, Cerebras, is challenging that notion. On Monday, the company unveiled what it claims is the largest computer chip ever built. As big as a dinner plate — about 100 times the size of a typical chip — it would barely fit in your lap.

The engineers behind the chip believe it can be used in giant data centers and help accelerate the progress of artificial intelligence in everything from self-driving cars to talking digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa.

Some experts believe these chips will play a key role in the race to create artificial intelligence, potentially shifting the balance of power among tech companies and even nations. They could feed the creation of commercial products and government technologies, including surveillance systems and autonomous weapons.

Google has already built such a chip and uses it in a wide range of A.I. projects, including the Google Assistant, which recognizes voice commands on Android phones, and Google Translate, which translates one language into another.

“There is monstrous growth in this field,” said Cerebras’s chief executive and founder, Andrew Feldman, a chip industry veteran who previously sold a company to the chip giant AMD.