At Huawei connect, a global event for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman at Huawei announced two new chips for artificial intelligence applications.
Huawei’s portfolio includes its new Ascend AI IP and chip series, which is world’s first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt.
The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario, whether it’s minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers. Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios.
The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, signal Huawei’s ambitions to grow its AI capabilities at the chip level. Huawei believes these chips will help to accelerate AI adoption in all industries. Company aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully-connected, intelligent world.
“Huawei’s AI strategy is to invest in basic research and talent development, build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and foster an open global ecosystem,” said Eric Xu during his keynote.
He added: “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 organisations – 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.”
Huawei predicts that by 2025, the world will see upwards of 40 billion personal smart devices, and 90% of device users will have a smart digital assistant. Data utilisation will reach 86%, and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. According to Huawei, AI has become a new general purpose technology and will change all industries and organisations on earth.
According to a spokesperson, Huawei’s AI strategy has five areas of focus; investment in AI research, development of a full-stack portfolio, development of an open ecosystem, to strengthen existing portfolio and to drive operational efficiency.
Apart from the Ascend series of chips, Huawei’s full-stack AI portfolio also includes the following:
CANN (Compute Architecture for Neural Networks): A chip operators library and highly automated operators development toolkit.
MindSpore: A unified training and inference framework for device, edge, and cloud (both standalone and cooperative).
Application enablement: Full-pipeline services (ModelArts), hierarchical APIs, and pre-integrated solutions.
The portfolio also includes new products and cloud services that are built on Ascend chip capabilities. With its full-stack AI portfolio, Huawei aims to provide pervasive intelligence to help drive industry development and build a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei also announced a smart cities AI partnership with Tianjin Binhai New Area, as well as a smart campus solution and joint innovation laboratories alongside Chinese real estate developer Vanke.
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