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6 Top Azure Announcements From Microsoft Build 2020

Major Azure announcements at Microsoft Build include the general availability of Microsoft’s Azure IoT Developer Specialty Certification and training resources.

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AI Supercomputer

Microsoft’s new artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer is designed to train extremely large distributed AI models.

Microsoft built the supercomputer in collaboration with and exclusively for OpenAI, an AI development and deployment company based in San Francisco, under a partnership announced last year.

Microsoft said the supercomputer is the first that leverages the power of the cloud. Hosted in Azure, it benefits from all of its cloud infrastructure capabilities, including rapid deployment, sustainable data centers and access to Azure services.

“The exciting thing about these models is the breadth of things they’re going to enable,” Scott said. “This is about being able to do a hundred exciting things in natural language processing at once and a hundred exciting things in computer vision, and when you start to see combinations of these perceptual domains, you’re going to have new applications that are hard to even imagine right now.”

The supercomputer is a single system with more than 285,000 CPU cores, 10,000 GPUs and 400 gigabits per second of network connectivity for each GPU server, according to Microsoft.

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