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Google Forays Into Edge Computing With Cloud IoT Edge And TPU

Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), an application specific integrated circuit, designed by Google for accelerating machine learning workloads, is going to be available at the edge. These tailor-made chips complement Cloud TPUs by inferencing machine learning models deployed at the edge. Google has also announced Cloud IoT Edge, an edge computing platform that extends Google Cloud’s data processing and machine learning to edge devices.

Google is the latest entrant into the edge computing market. The key competitors of Google Cloud – Amazon and Microsoft – have a comprehensive edge computing strategy. Amazon extended its IoT platform through AWS Greengrass while Microsoft recently made Azure IoT Edge generally available. The announcement of Edge TPU and Cloud IoT Edge marks the official entry of Google into the niche edge computing market.

A couple of years ago Google announced that it is adding TPUs to its cloud platform to accelerate machine learning workloads. Cloud TPUs deliver the computational power needed to train complex machine learning models based on deep neural networks. Currently, in V2, Cloud TPUs can deliver 180 teraflops of performance with 64 GB High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Customers using Google Cloud Platform can connect to Cloud TPUs from custom VM types to balance processor speeds, memory, and high-performance storage resources for running compute-intensive workloads.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.