Luminous Computing

Luminous Computing

A technology company using photonics to improve the data processing capabilities of artificial intelligence models by attempting to create a supercomputer on a chip.

Luminous Computing is a technology company using photonics to improve the data processing capabilities of artificial intelligence models by attempting to create a supercomputer on a chip that is headquartered in Mountain View, California and was founded in 2018 by Marcus Vincent Gomez, Mitchell Namias, and Michael Gao.

Product

According to the company's CEO, Marcus Vincent Gomez, Luminous Computing is attempting to make a single computer chip to replace the computer power of 3,000 boards equipped with Google's Tensor processing units (TPU).

Research

Photonic Multiply-Accumulate Operations for Neural Networks

The founder of Luminous Computing, Mitchell Nahmias, published a scientific article on January 2020 in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics titled "Photonic Multiply-Accumulate Operations for Neural Networks'. This paper categorized the performance of both photonic and electronic hardware used in neural network models using multiply-accumulate operations. Nahmias and other researchers involved in the paper found photonic hardware was significantly better than electronic hardware in terms of energy, speed, and compute density.

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Funding rounds

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Luminous Computing Series A round, August 2020
August 3, 2020
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Further reading

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Bill Gates and Travis Kalanick invest in A.I. chip start-up using light to move data

Jordan Novet

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June 4, 2019

Bill Gates just backed a chip startup that uses light to turbocharge AI

Martin Giles

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June 13, 2019

Bill Gates, Neo, Gigafund backing Luminous in photonics supercomputer moonshot

Kirsten Korosec

Web

June 4, 2019

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E957 Marcus Gomez CEO Luminous Computing: world's largest supercomputer, fits in palm, scales any AI

July 19, 2019

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