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Microsoft recruits technicians to independently design artificial intelligence processors for cloud business

via:博客园     time:2018/6/12 13:36:18     readed:195


Tencent technology news, according to foreign media reports, according to the latest Microsoft announcement of the recruitment announcement, after Google, the company will also develop artificial intelligence computer processors.

Reported that from the end of March this year, Microsoft Azure cloud department released at least 3 recruitment notices, looking for the development of artificial intelligence chip technology personnel. In the following month, the team openly recruited a silicon program administrator, and an engineer who accelerates software and hardware co design and optimization.

Led by chief executive Satir Nadella (Satya Nadella), the company has shown that it is willing to invest to provide a well - equipped cloud service in the competition with Amazon AWS and Google. By designing exclusive processors for cloud services, Microsoft will indeed deploy enterprise oriented AI services to the cloud.

Google, behind the Amazon AWS and Microsoft in the cloud computing market, pioneered the idea of providing customized artificial intelligence chips for cloud computing services. Google released the third generation of AI chips last month. The new tensor processing unit (TPU) will help Google improve the application of artificial intelligence, including identification of the speaker in the audio record, the discovery of objects in photos and videos, and the identification of potential emotions in the text. This chip is considered to be an alternative to the GPU.

TPU and GPU can be used to train artificial neural network. It can analyze massive data like photos and learn to recognize patterns. After training, they can make predictions based on what they know, help computers identify different people, or discover the existence of certain objects.

The growth of Azure

In the memorandum sent to all employees in March this year, Nadella mentioned AI 18 times. But this is mostly related to the future. Public cloud business is currently one of the main driving forces for Microsoft's growth. The company announced last week that it will spend $7 billion 500 million to acquire GitHub, bringing a popular collaboration tool to developers.

Microsoft spokesman said the company's new job recruitment is not related to the FPGA project, but related to the company's work in designing its own cloud hardware. The work is called within Microsoft

Both the Alibaba Group and Apple have said they will work on customized artificial intelligence chips after Google first demonstrated it. In addition, some startups are developing new processors. Moor Insights

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