Microsoft is reportedly developing its own AI chips to train large language models, aiming to reduce reliance on chip maker Nvidia and avoid high costs.
As The Verge reports, Microsoft has been working on developing chips in privacy since 2019, which are now being tested by both Microsoft and OpenAI employees to evaluate their performance against the latest large language models, such as GPT-4. being done.
The Information first reported the news.
Nvidia is currently the leading supplier of AI server chips, companies are competing to acquire these chips and it is estimated that OpenAI will need more than 30,000 Nvidia’s A100 GPUs to commercialize ChatGPT, according to the report.
As Nvidia races to produce more and more AI chips to meet growing demand, Microsoft is reportedly exploring an in-house approach in hopes of cutting costs on its AI initiatives.
The report says Microsoft has apparently advanced development on codenamed Athena, a project to develop its own artificial intelligence chips.
While it’s unclear whether Microsoft will ever make these chips available to Azure cloud users, the tech giant is said to be seeking to make its AI chips more widely available within Microsoft and OpenAI as early as next year. Are.
The company also reportedly has a road map for chips that includes several future generations.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced the addition of AI-powered Bing capabilities to the SwiftKey app (third-party keyboard) on iOS and Android.
This new addition will allow users to chat with the AI chatbot directly from their mobile keyboard and search for things without having to switch between apps.
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