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The Graphcore Colossus MK2 is said to be the world's most complex AI chip

By Cookie Monster - on 16 Jul 2020, 12:00am

The Graphcore Colossus MK2 is said to be the world's most complex AI chip

Image source: The Verge

British chip designer Graphcore just announced its latest AI chip, the Colossus MK2 or GC200 IPU.

With 59.4 billion transistors and 8x better performance than the Colossus MK1, the Colossus MK2 is currently the world's biggest and possibly the most complex chip. The title was previously held by Nvidia's A100 which has 54 billion transistors. 

According to Graphcore, each GC200 chip has 1,472 independent processor cores, 8,832 separate parallel threads and 900MB of in-processor RAM. The GC200 chip will not be sold separately; Graphcore plans to offer it via the expandable M2000 IPU machine which has four GC200 chips to deliver a petaflop of processing power in a package the size of a pizza box.

The M2000 is shipping to early access customers and it will be more widely available to customers in financial services, healthcare and technology by the end of the year. 

Source: The Verge, TechCrunch