GPUs are still king for some deep learning tasks, says Nvidia's CEO

CEO Jen-Hsun Huang shows Nvidia's Tesla P100 chip for AI at the Computex trade show in Taiwan on May 30, 2016

Nvidia has staked a big chunk of its future on supplying powerful graphics chips used for artificial intelligence, so it wasn t a great day for the company when Google announced two weeks ago that it had built its own AI chip for use in its data centers.

TPUs have been in use at Google for more than a year, including for search and to improve navigation in Google Maps.

That could be bad news for Nvidia, which designed its new Pascal microarchitecture with machine learning in mind.

But Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang isn t phased by Google s chips, he said at the Computex trade show Monday.

Technology can be a competitive advantage for big online service providers, and companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft already design their own servers.

Meanwhile Nvidia s Huang, like others in the industry, expects deep learning and AI to become pervasive.

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