Wednesday, May 20th 2020

Microsoft Builds a Supercomputer for AI

Microsoft has held a Build 2020 conference for developers from all over the world, and they live-streamed it online. Among some of the announcements, Microsoft has announced a new supercomputer dedicated to the OpenAI company, which works on building Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). The new supercomputer is a part of Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure and it will allow OpenAI developers to train very large scale machine learning models in the cloud. The supercomputer is said to be the fifth most powerful supercomputer in the world with specifications of "more than 285,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs and 400 gigabits per second of network connectivity for each GPU server."

Specific information wasn't announced and we don't know what CPUs and GPUs go into this machine, but we can speculate that the latest Nvidia A100 "Ampere" GPU could be used. The company hasn't yet submitted its entry to the Top500 website, so we can't keep track of the FLOPs count and see what power it holds.
Microsoft Azure Data Center
Source: Microsoft AI Blog
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6 Comments on Microsoft Builds a Supercomputer for AI

#2
AusWolf
What's the purpose of all this AI computing power?
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agent_x007
Ultimate goal : To make more money.
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dir_d
AusWolf
What's the purpose of all this AI computing power?
AI as a service. Rent to use instead of making the Hardware investment

I think IBM has been doing this for a while now with Watson
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AusWolf
dir_d
AI as a service. Rent to use instead of making the Hardware investment

I think IBM has been doing this for a while now with Watson
I get that, but rent it to whom? What do we even need AI for apart from personalised ads that only creep the hell out of everyone? :confused:
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theoneandonlymrk
AusWolf
I get that, but rent it to whom? What do we even need AI for apart from personalised ads that only creep the hell out of everyone? :confused:
As a minion replacement tool obviously.
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