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Graphcore Processors Will Be Part of Computing Future

An IPU accelerator card from Graphcore.

Salesforce has acquired Tableau in an all-stock deal that gives the data visualization company an enterprise value of $15.7 billion. As that happens, Graphcore has new processing insights for what these software companies will depend in near future.

Put another way, Graphcore is developing a brain for computers that, if its co-founders are right, will be able to process information more like a human instead of faking it through massive feats of number crunching. "For decades, we've been telling machines what to do, step by step, but we're not doing that anymore," Toon says, describing how Graphcore's chips instead teach machines how to learn. "This is like going back to the 1970s—we need to break out our wide lapels—when microprocessors were first coming out. We're reinventing Intel."