Huawei has recently introduced the world’s fastest artificial intelligence training cluster, Atlas 900 during the company’s flagship event in Shanghai, Huawei Connect 2019.
This year, the conference is themed “Advance Intelligence” which aims to establish an open, cooperative, and shared platform for customers and partners to explore new opportunities for an intelligent future.
Living up to its reputation of being the global provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart devices, Huawei relayed strategies for a computing ecosystem upgrade in the event. Atlas 900 was presented to make AI more readily available for different fields of scientific research and business innovation.
Atlas 900 will bring new possibilities to different fields of scientific research and business innovation. It can cover a wide variety of segments from astronomy, weather forecasting, and autonomous driving, to oil exploration.
Huawei’s Deputy Chairman, Ken Hu emphasized that the future of computing is a massive market worth US$2 trillion, hence this investment. He stressed that the company will keep pushing on four key areas: architecture innovation, investment in all-scenario processors, clear business boundaries and building an open ecosystem.
From rule-based approach, the industry’s approach to computing is evolving from to statistical models which are the foundation of machine learning. In the next five years, Huawei forecasts that statistical computing will become the mainstream while AI computing will contribute to a huge 80% of all computing power used around the world.
Last year Da Vinci was launched by Huawei. It is an innovative processor architecture designed to provide a steady and abundant supply of affordable computing power. This year, in to continue their endeavor, it has a processors lined up too. First is Kunpeng for general purpose computing. Nest is Ascend which is specifically for AI, Kirin on the other hand is for smart devices and Honghu processors for smart screens.
Huawei will provide its processors to its customers in the form of cloud services instead of selling its processors directly, prioritizing support for integrated solutions. The company is aiming to expand its program to support 5 million developers in the next 5 years. Huawei is looking to enable its partners to develop the next generation of intelligent applications and solutions.