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Microsoft uses Intel FPGAs for real-time AI in the cloud

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-08-24
Microsoft has selected Intel’s Stratix 10 FPGAs as the main hardware accelerator in its new accelerated deep learning platform – code-named Project Brainwave.

The aim is to use the accelerated deep learning platform to deliver artificial intelligence in real-time for its cloud services. This will provide facial recognition and voice recognition on smartphones.

As well has cloud-based data processing for autonomous driving

Real-time AI is important for processing live data streams, including video, sensors or search queries, and rapidly deliver data back to users.

Microsoft first demonstrated its FPGA-based deep learning platform at Hot Chips 2017, a symposium that showcases the latest advancements in semiconductor technology.

FPGAs can bring the flexibility of customisation to deep learning hardware accelerators that are typically optimised to run a single workload.

Microsoft’s Project Brainwave has demonstrated over 39 Teraflops of achieved performance on a single request, setting a new standard in the cloud for real-time AI computation.

“We exploit the flexibility of Intel FPGAs to incorporate new innovations rapidly, while offering performance comparable to, or greater than, many ASIC-based deep learning process units,” said Doug Burger  at Microsoft Research NExT.

Microsoft is currently working to deploy Project Brainwave in the Azure cloud service.