The Dojo is a Neural Network (NN) chip developed by Tesla’s hardware team to increase the learning speed of server-side neural networks. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said Dojo V1.0 will be launched in about a year.
It was first mentioned during Autonomy Day in 2019. Musk said:
“We do have a major program at Tesla which we don’t have enough time to talk about today called “Dojo.” That’s a super powerful training computer. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do unsupervised massive training of vast amounts of video with the Dojo program – or Dojo computer.”
The supercomputer has been mentioned many times by Tesla’s CEO since then and has invited people involved in its growth to join the company’s AI team.
Tesla’s custom 144 TOPS (Trillion Operations Per Second) in-vehicle inference computer — where nearly every TOP can be used and configured for NN — far exceeds everything else in volume output due to the hardware needed to operate sophisticated networks. The dojo will be able to process large quantities of video training data and run hyperspace arrays efficiently with an unprecedented number of parameters, plenty of memory & ultra-high bandwidth between cores.
The Dojo is under construction. Musk said there’s a lot of work to be done, but technically, Tesla has a FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) simulation capability of ~0.01 percent. Musk said it should release version 1.0 in about a year.
FPGA is an integrated circuit designed for configuration after fabrication by a customer or manufacturer. FPGAs include an array of programmable logic blocks and “reconfigurable interconnects” hierarchy that enables the blocks to be “wired together,” like other logic gates that can be interwired in various configurations.
Tesla Autopilot had previously been stuck in a local maximum, marking uncorrelated images from single camera in time, Musk said. He clarified that we think of the three-dimensional (3D) universe, and time is the fourth dimension (4D). After several patents were issued by the company it became apparent that Tesla was making progress in the transition from working in 2.5D to 4D.
4D Autopilot will be a game changer compared to Tesla’s current driver-assist software.
Reported by Tesmanian.
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