Huawei Announces Ascend AI Chips

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    At a company event in Shanghai, Huawei CEO Eric Xu announced a lineup of dedicated AI accelerators. The Ascend 910 is aimed squarely at datacenters, as Huawei claims it will deliver "the world's highest ever power density in a single 7nm chip." Huawei says it will offer 256 Tflops of "cluster capacity", and that systems with 1,024 chips "will be available as part of Huawei's public cloud from the second quarter of next year." Huawei also announced the Ascend 310, which is built on a 12nm process and consumes only 8 watts of power. The company developed a full software stack to go with the new accelerators, which Huawei claims will make their products competitive with the numerous other AI platforms coming out.

    "Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI. In the telecom sector, we will adopt SoftCOM AI to make network O&M more efficient. In the consumer market, HiAI will bring true intelligence to our consumer devices, making them smarter than ever. Our Huawei EI public cloud services and FusionMind private cloud solutions will provide abundant and affordable computing power for all organizations - especially businesses and governments - and help them use AI with greater ease. Our portfolio will also include an AI acceleration card, AI server, AI appliance, and many other products."
     
  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

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    More AI micro chips? Geeze AI is the new nano term.

    That or we already passed the technological singularity and we're already doomed, we just need to wait it out.
     
  3. WBurchnall

    WBurchnall 2[H]4U

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    Am I too late? Has someone made a "and this is how Skynet, folks" starts reference?
     
  4. Joust

    Joust [H]ard|Gawd

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    It's Huawei. If any of the AI chips dares disagree with the second half of the, "all chips are equal but some chips are more equal" paradigm, then it will be short circuited. In fact, I bet the other 1023 chips would swear it was never there.
     
  5. Darunion

    Darunion Chin Poon Specialist

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    You might have overslept or blacked out or something. Artificial Intelligence is in everything now. And every processor has a quantum or graphene something or other in it.
     
  6. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking 2[H]4U

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    If they are getting 200+ teraflops of compute from a single CPU that means that a single cpu has more compute power than the human brain by a factor of two. That's nuts.
     
  7. DPI

    DPI Nitpick Police

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    It really is. AI / deep learning are the new buzzword of the moment like Cloud was a few years ago.

    Won't be long before every processor, every mobile OS and wifi-enabled something is an AI-something. Actually we're already there. All the cheapshit from China like $10 Bluetooth speakers will also all eventually have "AI" branding
     
  8. jnmunsey

    jnmunsey Limp Gawd

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    It says "cluster capacity" so no, not 200+ TFlops on a single chip.
     
  9. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking 2[H]4U

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    Yep I misread that. Still... that's pretty damn impressive when 100 teraflops was a huge achievement not so long ago. (And understood to be the human brain's processing power as well.)