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Pentagram designed the prettiest computer chip you’ve ever seen  ↦

These IPUs (Intelligence Processing Units — a term new to me) with visual design by Pentagram for Graphcore are really pretty. Also, I think the tech may be cool but it’s a bit over my head so maybe you can tell me?

Here is their brief spiel:

Our IPU systems are designed to lower the cost of accelerating AI applications in cloud and
enterprise datacenters to increase the performance of both training and inference by up to
100x compared to the fastest systems today.

Pentagram designed the prettiest computer chip you’ve ever seen

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Jerod Santo

Jerod Santo

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Jerod co-hosts The Changelog, crashes JS Party, and takes out the trash (his old code) once in awhile.

2018-11-29T14:52:31.514173Z ago

Great physical/aesthetic design is a wonderful way to signal overall quality, but it’s pretty funny how few people will see these in the flesh. Reminds me a bit of some Steve Jobs lore:

The devil’s in the details and few people were more obsessed with details than Jobs. We’ve all heard stories of Jobs driving his engineers crazy because he didn’t like the aesthetic of something inside the computer that nobody would ever see. Everything mattered.

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