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What’s Motivating the Matrix Engine Movement in HPC?

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The intersection of not just two but three dumb sets of incentives? The latest cycle of ML/AI BS is all low-precision linear algebra, and everyone wants to ride the hype train before winter arrives again. LINPACK, the stalwart old ruler for the international HPC dick-measuring contest is mostly higher-precision linear algebra, and as always, once a metric becomes a target, you only get what you measure. Packing more compute engines you can't possibly feed with any realistic workload is lower-risk than trying memory architectures, and especially easier to do without a bunch of collaboration between players, so it's what gets done.
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