Google’s in-house tensor processing units (TPU) are packed with specialized circuits optimized for AI model training and are at the heart of Google products like Translate, Photos, Search, the Google Assistant, and Gmail. They became publicly available through Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine in beta in February, and the Mountain View company is now bringing them to European and Asian regions and introducing preemptible pricing. “Cloud TPUs allow businesses everywhere to transform their own products and services with machine learning, and we’re working hard to make Cloud TPUs as widely available and as affordable as possible,” Brenna Saeta, lead tech for TensorFlow at Google, wrote in a blog post. The cost savings with preemptible plans are substantial. Google says that training a Cloud TPU ResNet-50 — a neural network that’s often used as a benchmarking tool for AI training speed — on a database of images from … [Read more...] about Google’s Cloud TPU comes to Europe and Asia with preemptible pricing
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Throughout the computing era, we’ve seen the pendulum swing between customized and standard solutions. Custom solutions, tailored to the precise needs of an application or user, can boost efficiency, productivity, and ease-of-use, but come at a premium price. Standard solutions provide economies of scale, greater compatibility, and lower prices, but the “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t always live up to the promise in its name.On balance, standardization has carried the day, but there are still many cases in which customization makes sense. One of those places where this is sometimes true is within the cloud computing realm – but only under the right circumstances and with the right tools.All of the major cloud providers offer different types of standard environments within which customers can run their applications and store their data. Amazon Web Services, for example, offers a number of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance types. In addition … [Read more...] about Standard or Custom Cloud Instances? How to Decide?
Throughout the computing era, we’ve seen the pendulum swing between customized and standard solutions. Custom solutions, tailored to the precise needs of an application or user, can boost efficiency, productivity, and ease-of-use, but come at a premium price. Standard solutions provide economies of scale, greater compatibility, and lower prices, but the “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t always live up to the promise in its name. On balance, standardization has carried the day, but there are still many cases in which customization makes sense. One of those places where this is sometimes true is within the cloud computing realm – but only under the right circumstances and with the right tools. All of the major cloud providers offer different types of standard environments within which customers can run their applications and store their data. Amazon Web Services, for example, offers a number of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance types. In … [Read more...] about Standard or Custom Cloud Instances? How to Decide?
After more than 10 years, cloud computing has evolved into a fertile business for providers such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft. However, competition is getting stronger from laggards like Google and Alibaba. And with the massive and ongoing introduction of AI-related cloud services, providers have increased the competitive pressure themselves, in order to raise attractiveness among their customers. The cloud backs AI…and vice versa To build and operate powerful and highly-scalable AI systems is an expensive matter for companies of any size. Eventually, training algorithms and operating the corresponding analytics systems afterwards need oodles of computing power. Providing the necessary computing power in an accurate amount and on time via the own basement, server room or data center is impossible. Computing power that afterwards is not required anymore. Looking into the spheres of Amazon, Microsoft or Google, all three providers built up an enormous amount of computing … [Read more...] about AI becomes the game changer in the public cloud
Through blockchain, Roberto Galoppini sees an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: His organization, FileZilla, can offer users free online data storage while also allowing them to earn valuable cryptocurrency. Galoppini, director of strategy for FileZilla, the popular, open-source FTP client, said his service is planning to shift direction this year by using a peer-to-peer (P2P), distributed storage platform from Atlanta-based Storj Labs Inc. that will be managed via blockchain. FileZilla, which has been piloting the Storj decentralized storage for several months, had been making money through its free file-sharing service, which is hosted on SourceForge.net. It pitches users third-party software or offers to let them make money by testing a new web or mobile application. In turn, FileZilla would share revenue with the third-party software vendors. Some users, however, reported adware was being installed without consent, and in general, the advertising isn't always … [Read more...] about Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage
leave a successful product alone in the marketplace, though, so it's also developing a third operating system called "Fuchsia." When we last checked in on the experimental OS in May 2017, calling it an "OS" was a bit of a stretch. We only got the system UI up and running on top of Android, where it then functioned like an app. The UI offered a neat multi-window system, but mostly it was just a bunch of placeholder graphics. Nothing worked. It has been hard to check in on Fuchsia since. The Fuchsia system UI, which was written with a cross-platform SDK called "Flutter," quickly shut down the Android (and iOS) compatible builds. Fuchsia has a Vulkan-based graphics stack, and no emulator supports the new-ish graphics API. The only way to get Fuchsia up and running again was with actual hardware, and the only supported devices were Intel NUC PCs from 2015 and the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop. This means it's finally time for a deep dive on what Fuchsia looks like in early … [Read more...] about Google’s Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook: It works! It actually works!
Offering off-the-peg AI services like image and speech recognition is a key part of Google’s pitch to customers as a cloud computing provider. The company is now taking its AI-easy approach one step further with Cloud AutoML, a new tool that will let users train their own custom machine learning algorithms from scratch, without having to write a single line of code. You might have heard of Google’s AutoML initiative before now. It was announced at the company’s I/O conference last year, and is focused on creating machine learning software that can design machine learning software, a hot area of research in the AI community. (The basic premise is simple: you make different algorithms compete with one another, pick the winners, and then make them compete. Rinse and repeat.) Cloud AutoML isn’t working with tools as sophisticated as this, but it does aim to solve the same underlying problem of making AI less painful to code. Cloud AutoML does this by offering … [Read more...] about Google’s new cloud service lets you train your own AI tools, no coding knowledge required
Can't get enough Google? You're in luck. The company, a division of Alphabet Inc., has announced that it will expand its Cloud services to five new regions, and build three new submarine cables to service its capacity needs. SEE ALSO: Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and South Carolina. The company estimates that its network currently accounts for 25% of all internet traffic. The platform will expand to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Montreal, the Netherlands, and Finland. This means companies in these regions who leverage Google's Cloud Platform for their server capacity in these regions will experience higher performance and fewer service disruptions. Those who live in these regions, according to Google, should be excited. "Overall, these … [Read more...] about Google will construct three new undersea cables in 2019
In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.” Google declared itself “appalled and genuinely sorry.” An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups of images, and that Google was “working on longer-term fixes.” More than two years later, one of those fixes is erasing gorillas, and some other primates, from the service’s lexicon. The awkward workaround illustrates the difficulties Google and other tech companies face in advancing image-recognition technology, which the companies hope to use in self-driving cars, personal assistants, and other products. WIRED tested Google Photos using a collection of 40,000 images well-stocked with animals. It performed impressively at finding many creatures, including pandas and poodles. But the service reported … [Read more...] about When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind
Businesses using Google’s cloud computing services for resource hungry GPU processes can now avail of a lower cost option recently launched by the company. To sweeten the deal, the new feature, which was already launched as a beta version, is offered to companies at a significant discount. However, there is a catch—Google has the right to shut down any process anytime if it needs those resources. Called preemptible GPUs, clients can now create GPU instances in the Google Cloud Platform using Nvidia chips. The company announced that these GPU processes are priced 50 percent lower than GPUs attached to on-demand instances, which could be big savings for clients and especially attractive for firms pressured to reel in operational expenses. But of course, this 50 percent discount comes with a tradeoff. Google may, at any time, terminate these preemptible GPU instances if it needs these resources. As explained in by the tech giant, the compute engine will terminate them after … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Now Offers Low-Cost Preemptible GPUs