It’s no surprise that crypto is a fast moving industry. Many have an eye on Sophon, created with up-to-the-moment AI technology. Sophon is a chip for crypto mining. What is especially unique about this is that Bitmain’s co-founder Micree Zhan was inspired to create it, while reading a popular Chinese sci-fi novel ‘The Three Body Problem’ by Liu Cixin.
Sophon will be available through Bitmain and available worldwide for commercial and individual use. Sophon gives Bitmain a clear advantage in the crypto components industry. They’ve created something that we’ve not yet seen in the bitcoin world – the use of AI and crypto together.
Bitmain is already quite a powerful player in the crypto industry. Together, their mining pools, Antpool and BTC.com make up nearly 30% of the processing power the world uses today. Experts anticipate that the company is poised to grow immensely as Sophon is used. Recent years have shown us that AI technology has its advantages in other industries.
Sophon’s AI capabilities mean new opportunities for crypto investors. Data will be easier to manage. Anyone investing in crypto knows there is a lot of data with so many wallets out there! AI technology is already being used at popular social media websites that we frequent, such as Facebook and Twitter. Amazon.com’s website uses AI to help manage its large inventory and data, so that we see other items we might like to purchase based on what we’ve just bought. AI is today’s modern intelligence, working 24/7 to help us make money and work more efficiently than ever before. Bitmain’s Sophon units are likely to “speak” to data centers to help manage your crypto transactions and your day to day life.
So, What is Sophon?
The Bitmain website for Sophon states:
“Solve all the puzzles in the universe. Enrich the human perception and knowledge for everything.” It is clear that Sophon is poised to be the “engine” that brings our information age into the “intelligent age.”
While Sophon began as a “spark” of inspiration after reading a fictional sci-fi novel, this AI chip has become very real indeed. Sophon is a tensor computing processor that provides deep learning. Bitmain is focused on creating Sophon while keeping this AI solution both cost effective and energy efficient. As one of the challenges with mining is not using more power than necessary, this is a critical factor.
Sophon consists of a Tensor Computing Processor BM1680. This is a tensor computing acceleration processor made for deep learning applicable and to train and do inference with artificial neural networks including CNN, DNN and RNN. There is a Deep Learning Acceleration Card SC1 which assists to accelerate the deep learning capability for the AI applications of Sophon. Sophon also has an IVA Server SS1, which is a server system designed for AI video and image analysis.
Bitmain Technologies is a Chinese IC design company that began in 2013. Their focus is on created power effective Bitcoin mining solutions. Sophon is their first AI chip, but as the leaders in this space we can likely expect more from them in the near future.
Date Published: Monday December 11, 2017
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