2.6 Trillion Transistors…
It seems like every week there’s a new story about how artificial intelligence (AI) is leading to breakthroughs in everything from drug discovery to saving the honeybees.
What’s not often talked about is how these breakthroughs depend on staggering amounts of computing power. So much so that tech giants such as Apple, Amazon and Google are in a race to design the next generation of computer chips tuned specifically for the needs of AI.
While it’s too early to declare a winner, a startup called Cerebras may have beaten them to the punch.
Which brings us to a recent assignment to photograph Cerebras CEO Andrew Feldman and his chip for IEEE Spectrum.
First off, this isn’t your ordinary computer chip. The Cerebras chip is the size of a dinner plate and packed with a mind blowing 2.6 trillion transistors easily making it the world’s largest computer chip. Their idea was to create a chip so large that all the data needed by an AI can stay on the chip itself instead of slowly being shuttled back and forth to the computer’s memory.
Photographing this chip was a fun challenge! It‘s razor thin and mirror-like which meant that we were in full reflection wrangling mode that day taping duvetyne all over the place. 😉