Nathan Labenz sits down with Andrew Feldman, CEO and Co-founder of Cerebras Systems, a company building a new class of computer system for accelerating AI and changing the future of work.
Nathan Labenz sits down with Andrew Feldman, CEO and Co-Founder of Cerebras Systems, a company building a new class of computer system for accelerating AI and changing the future of work. Cerebras Systems is the creator of the world’s largest chip, at 2.6 trillion transistors. In this episode, they discuss the founding story of Cerebras, the experience of creating the world’s largest chip, and the process that goes into chip design and manufacturing for an AI-focused chip.
This episode is the first part of our hardware exploration series focused on the people building at the forefront of hardware applications in AI.
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(04:27) Andrew’s story of creating the world’s largest chip and Cerebras
(07:19) What is a chip?
(08:14) The diversity of chips and what they can accomplish
(09:47) What is it like to design a 2.5 trillion transistor chip?
(12:41) The founding story of Cerebras and building the team
(14:20) Sponsor: Omneky
(23:00) What was the hardest part about building the company?
(26:11) What happens after designing the chip’s blueprint?
(27:29) The tradeoffs needed in chipmaking
(34:08) The comparison between chips and neural networks
(38:31) The generalization vs specialization of a chip
(40:11) Sparse compute vs dense compute
(43:55) Ghost in the machine
(46:54) Supply chain challenges of the Cerebras chip
(54:59) The future for chips
(58:19) Building chip clusters
(58:57) The Cerebras business model
(01:00:41) Building a chip cluster vs using a Cerebras chip
(01:02:57) Giant chips on the edge
(01:05:32) What is the edge?
(01:08:04) Andrew’s favorite AI products
(01:10:08) Would Andrew get a Neuralink implant?
(01:14:16) Consciousness and chips
(01:17:50) AI hopes and fears
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