Nvidia and Google on Wednesday each announced that they had aced a series of tests called MLPerf to be the biggest and best in hardware and software to crunch common artificial intelligence tasks.
The devil’s in the details, but both companies’ achievements show the trend in AI continues to be that of bigger and bigger machine learning endeavors, backed by more-brawny computers.
Benchmark tests are never without controversy, and some upstart competitors of Nvidia and Google, notably Cerebras Systems and Graphcore, continued to avoid the benchmark competition.
In the results announced Wednesday by the MLPerf organization, an industry consortium that administers the tests, Nvidia took top marks across the board for a variety of machine learning “training” tasks, meaning the computing operations required to develop a machine learning neural network from scratch. The full roster of results can be seen in a spreadsheet form.
The second phase of machine learning,