Microsoft’s BrainWave is going to supercharge AI

Microsoft's #BrainWave is going to supercharge #AI - and it's coming to the cloud.

  • Microsoft is using custom hardware to realize a 50-100x speed up in how quickly it can run AI algorithms that power its Bing search engine — and will make the tech available to all from next year.
  • The acceleration is being powered by the BrainWave platform, a network of customizable chips known as Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), tailored to efficiently handle deep neural networks.
  • “The power of the BrainWave platform are FPGAs, field-programmable gate arrays, which are really executing these AI algorithms in hardware,” said Joseph Sirosh, corporate VP for artificial intelligence research at Microsoft.
  • A large amount of Bing search queries are served through BrainWave, with Sirosh saying the FPGAs are “especially good” for accelerating text-based applications.
  • So as AI evolves so rapidly, as new algorithms come in, it is possible for you to build the custom gate logic required to execute in hardware in that FPGA.

Microsoft’s AI chief talks about the speed up in AI performance being realized by its BrainWave platform.
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Cloud and Virtualization

Cloud and Virtualization | @CloudExpo @SHD_9 #PaaS #SaaS #AI #SDN #SDS  #tech

  • The virtualization cost savings were increasingly taken for granted and the operational benefits drove the spread of virtualization.
  • Cloud computing software is eating the world, and each day is bringing new developments in this world.
  • Virtualization was the seed that sparked the cloud revolution, although cloud has now taken its concepts significantly further.
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  • The cloud, just like virtualization before it, first gained popularity because of the most basic business driver there is: cost savings.

As today’s businesses increasingly turn to the cloud to run their operations, seasoned enterprise technology professionals may recognize a familiar pattern. Years ago, virtualization emerged as a transformational technology with a similar pattern of business drivers; initially the promise of significant cost savings justified deployments. Just as virtualization evolved from a tactical cost-saving technology into a corporate strategy enabling enterprises to be responsive to changing business demands, cloud computing is following a similar path.
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