Specializing a Planet's Computation: ASIC Clouds
ASIC clouds, a natural evolution to CPU and GPU-based clouds, are purpose-built datacenters filled with ASIC accelerators. ASIC clouds may seem improbable due to high nonrecurring engineering (NRE) costs and ASIC inflexibility, but large-scale bitcoin ASIC clouds already exist. This article distills lessons from these primordial ASIC clouds and proposes new planet-scale youtube-style video-transcoding and deep learning ASIC clouds, showing superior total cost of ownership. ASIC cloud NRE and economics are also examined.