Microsoft Azure Adds Graphcore’s IPU
Microsoft continues to make moves with Azure Cloud to ensure it becomes the top cloud service. Graphcore, an artificial intelligence chip developer in the UK, is expanding collaboration with Microsoft to offer its intelligent processing units on the Azure cloud, making Microsoft the first large public cloud vendor to offer the IPU designed for machine learning workloads. This partnership comes after almost 2 years of collaboration.
Early development work focused on enhancing natural language processing (NLP) and machine vision models running on the IPU. Natural language processing models are hugely important to Microsoft, as that is how they run their internal AI workloads, as well as the AI customers on Microsoft Azure.
The Graphcore offering extends Azure’s capabilities and supports Microsoft’s efforts to ensure that Azure remains the best cloud for AI.
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