Last month Google revealed that it's making its own custom artificial intelligence processing chips. Now it turns out that you may already be using them. The chips are called TPUs, short for Tensor Processing Unit, named for Google's open source AI framework, TensorFlow. Today at the 2016 WIRED Business Conference in New York City, the head of Google's cloud business, Diane Greene, said that Google is already using TPUs in more than 100 projects. These include Android's voice recognition system, the "Smart Reply" feature of its Inbox app, and Google's new cross-application search service Springboard--in short, stuff you may already be using.
Over the past few years, cloud computing has been evolving at a rapid rate. It is becoming the norm in today's software solutions. Forrester believes that that cloud computing will be a 191 billion market by 2020. According to the 2016 State of Cloud Survey conducted by RightScale, 96% of its respondents are using the cloud, with more enterprise workloads shifting towards public and private clouds. Adoption in both hybrid cloud and DevOps have gone up as well.
At the Google Cloud Platform developer conference today Google explained its vision of how enterprises will move to and operate more efficiently in its cloud. The vision: Zero-Dev-Ops cloud computing that "instead of programming a computer you teach it what it [Google's cloud] wants to know and it learns to give you what you want," according to Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt. The vision may sound more like a SciFi movie, but it knit together new and recently announced technologies that Google announced into a coherent explanation. Google plans to bring its enormous-scale data center know-how learned fulfilling 85% of the world's searches with open source software in a serverless secure cloud in which it invested 10 billion in capital equipment last year. It has repurposed open source versions of its highly optimized internal systems used to build and operate the seven services such as Maps and Gmail that have more than a billion users for its cloud customers.
In San Francisco this week at Pier 48, overlooking the Giants' AT&T Ballpark, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) executives are holding a user conference to introduce products and services they hope will help make the case for choosing Google in the cloud. Sam Charrington, a cloud and big data analyst and advisor, summed up Google executives' pitch best this week on Twitter: "GCP exec team's operating thesis: 'Cloud's not done. MORE AT NETWORK WORLD: Is Google pushing the cloud envelope too far? Google is seen by many as being behind Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM in the IaaS cloud market. In a new research note, Deutsche Bank investment analysts predicted that GCP is on a 400 million revenue run rate, which is roughly 20 times less than AWS's.