The tech giant Microsoft says Azure is becoming the first AI supercomputer at the time. Yes, many people could have thought it is just a computing cloud service, but Microsoft Azure Cloud service is already on its way to becoming the first artificial intelligence supercomputer.
Microsoft Azure Is Becoming The First AI Supercomputer
Microsoft says Azure is becoming the first AI supercomputer at the time. You could have thought it was just a computing cloud service, but Microsoft Azure Cloud service is already on its way to becoming the first artificial intelligence supercomputer, according to the CEO of tech giant Microsoft Satya Nadella.
At an event in Dublin, Nadella discusses how Microsoft cloud computing offering underpins the foundation of a new wave of applications that use AI technologies.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that “Ultimately the cloud is about powering the next generation of applications,”. Nadella also added “It is always the next generation applications that have driven infrastructure and when we look at this current generation of applications that people are building, the thing that is going to define these applications, that characterises these applications, is machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore we are building out Azure as the first AI supercomputer.”
Basically, now many of you know that developing cloud processing power is not just based on common CPU architectures as it also depends on GPUs as well. So, if we think GPUs can’t do anything then we are wrong, as the GPUs are much enough good for dealing with these workloads since they can balance out so that group of GPUs manage tasks in correspondence.
Hence, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized the same thing and said that “GPUs are much better at performing with deep neural net algorithms” as the traditional method of using different machines with ever faster CPUs is becoming increasingly difficult to do.
Furthermore, He also said that “every compute node of Azure across all regions has FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), which he said means developers can write neural network code, distribute it across the FPGA fabric and run it at the speed of silicon”.
Moreover, at the event, Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith said that “cloud computing has the potential to change the world and we must work together to build a cloud for global good”.