Microsoft in Build 2020 on Tuesday announced its supercomputer that’s touted to be the fifth most powerful publicly-listed supercomputer and the first to be hosted in the Azure cloud. Produced in cooperation with OpenAI, the supercomputer is designed to train various artificial intelligence (AI) versions. The Redmond-based company notably partnered with Elon Musk-founded OpenAI last year to bring Azure to the supercomputer market and enable its cloud offerings for large-scale AI and artificial general intelligence (AGI) models. With the launching of its supercomputer, Microsoft has made the competition more demanding for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud which are also trying to grow their presence and bring broader cloud experiences for organizations looking for magnetic computing performance.
The Microsoft new supercomputer is the first step towards creating next-generation AI models, the company said in a blog post. The business has hosted the supercomputer in Azure to reveal how its cloud platform can be a solution for developers and businesses requiring a stage to train extremely large AI models.
“This is about being able to perform a hundred interesting items in natural language processing simultaneously and a hundred exciting things in computer vision, and when you start to see combinations of these perceptual domains, you’re likely to have new software that is hard to even imagine right,” said Microsoft Chief Technical Officer Kevin Scott while detailing the reach of Azure in the supercomputer world.
Over 2,85,000 CPU Cores on Board
The supercomputer that Microsoft has developed for OpenAI comes as a single system with more than 2,85,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs, and 400Gbps of network connectivity for each GPU server. The given hardware to allow the fifth hottest system when compared with machines recorded on the TOP500 job site.
“We’re seeing that Large-scale systems are an essential element in training stronger models,” explained OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.
OpenAI wants to utilize this supercomputer for a model to bring new AI technologies. However, for Microsoft, it is more of a case study that would help entice new Clients because of its AI solutions and showcase Azure as a superior cloud system against the competition.