Microsoft trains AI using new supercomputer

Tech giant Microsoft recently confirms that it is training its artificial intelligence platform using the company’s new supercomputer.

Microsoft is teaming up with a new startup founded by Elon Musk. The project aims to build one of the world’s fastest supercomputers in the world. The company confirms this during its annual Build developers conference.

The tech giant is working with OpenAI which is working on artificial intelligence that can surpass humans. While this might be discomforting for some, the startup claims that its intentions are for the benefit of humanity.

Azure and artificial intelligence

Microsoft is planning to embed artificial intelligence into its own Azure cloud technologies. Moreover, the company aims to provide supercomputing technologies on its cloud platform. This is just the first step into the company’s eventual plan of incorporating artificial technologies into its platform.

 In a blog post, Microsoft chief technological officer Kevin Scott says:

“This is about being able to do a hundred exciting things in natural language processing at once and a hundred exciting things in computer vision, and when you start to see combinations of these perceptual domains, you’re going to have new applications that are hard to even imagine right now.”

 The company claims that experts in machine learning development usually build small AI models. These models exist separately from each other and are usually working on a small and single task.

On the other hand, developers are now working on newer models that can improve on these older models. The aim is to create a larger AI that is better performing than current ones.

A powerful supercomputer

Microsoft claims that the OpenAI supercomputer is just a single system. This supercomputer packs more than 285,000 compute cores and 10,000 graphics processing units. The company has donated more than $1 billion to this project.

The machine is capable of handling 400 gigabits per second of network activity. The tech giant adds that it also working to open-source its Turning models. This will give developers access to the company’s powerful AI models.

One of the many uses of supercomputers involves natural language understanding. This particular application is found in Microsoft’s Bing search engine. This improves search results in the company’s official search engine.

In terms of computing power, Microsoft and OpenAI’s supercomputer ranks fifth in the world. Supercomputers are proven to be extremely effective in building artificial intelligence models. Using massive computing power, supercomputers can analyze large data sets and data models.

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