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Nvidia has announced that it will partner with Microsoft “to create one of the most powerful AI supercomputers in the world.” The multi-year collaboration will be supported by Microsoft’s advanced supercomputing infrastructure, Azure, combined with NVIDIA GPUs, networking, and a full stack of AI software. This, in turn, will help companies train, deploy and scale AI, including large modern models.
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud+AI Group, said:
AI is driving the next wave of automation in business and industrial computing, enabling organizations to do more with less while managing economic uncertainty. Our partnership with NVIDIA unlocks the world’s most scalable supercomputing platform, bringing industry-leading AI capabilities to every business on Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft has indicated that the Azure instances of this supercomputer are equipped with 200Gbps Quantum InfiniBand networking and NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The company also added that it plans to boost its performance with Nvidia’s InfiniBand Quantum-2 400Gbps network and H100 GPUs.
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Manuvir Das, VP of Enterprise Computing at NVIDIA, commented that “the development of artificial intelligence technologies, as well as their adoption in the industry, is accelerating. The breakthrough in basic models has sparked a wave of research, fueling new start-ups and new enterprise applications. Our collaboration with Microsoft will provide researchers and businesses with state-of-the-art AI infrastructure and software to capitalize on the transformative power of AI.
Azure enterprise customers will soon be able to access the NVIDIA AI suite as well as Azure-supported SDKs. It is not yet known when users will be able to access the AI supercomputer in the Azure cloud.