There are two VMs in the current version of Gorgonia:

They function differently and take different inputs. The TapeMachine is useful for executing expressions that are generally static (that is to say the computation graph does not change). Due to its static nature, the TapeMachine is good for running expressions that are compiled-once-run-many-times (such as linear regression, SVM and the like).

The LispMachine on the other hand was designed to take a graph as an input, and executes directly on the nodes of the graph. If the graph change, simply create a new lightweight LispMachine to execute it on. The LispMachine is suitable for tasks such as creating recurrent neural networks without a fixed size.

Prior to release of Gorgonia, there was a third VM - a stack based VM that is similar to TapeMachine but deals with artificial gradients better. It may see light of day again, once this author has managed to fix all the kinks.