Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Huawei launches machine learning capable new Ascend-series AI chips

Huawei launches machine learning capable new Ascend-series AI chips

The products that will support these objectives include the Ascend chips series, a chip operators library and development toolkit, a training and inference framework, and application enablement for devices, edge and cloud computing through full-pipeline services, hierarchical APIs and pre-integrated solutions.

In a new era of AI-powered innovation, Xu said AI should be adaptable to all scenarios. The complete version will be available next year.

"Backed by our AI portfolio, Huawei Cloud EI will be able to deliver a full-stack portfolio for enterprise and government customers, and HiAI will provide a full-stack portfolio for smart devices".

The announcement followed Huawei and Audi signing a memorandum of understanding for developing intelligent connected vehicles together back in July, with the German auto manufacturing company also working with Ericsson on the use of 5G technologies during automotive production and smart factories.

Proactive change is the first step towards a better future in AI.

Reportedly, the new Huawei AI chipsets are named the Ascend 310 and Ascend 910. The Ascend 910 is focused on datacentre usage. Huawei aims Ascend 910 for use in the data centres whereas Ascend 310 is intended for internet-connected devices like smartphones, smartwatches and IoT devices. Moreover, around 90% of the device users would have a smart digital assistant.

Huawei said it will sell whole packages based on the chips to third parties, rather than just the chips themselves.

The company also showed an upgrade of its Atlas cloud hardware platform running the Ascend AI chips.

Conversations have taken place with Microsoft, said Xu, but he wouldn't be drawn on the details.

Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios.

The move is also part of Huawei's broader effort in AI.

Xu believes the growth of smart devices, digital assistants and data analysis will make AI a general objective technology that will change every industry and organisation, but that the speed of adoption is yet to match the rate of developments in the technology. Data utilization will reach 86% and AI services will be readily available, as prevalent as the air we breathe. Huawei has defined ten changes that will help pave the way.

Huawei said that his research in the field of AI will focus on natural language processing, computer vision, decision / intervention, and machine learning.

AI deployment should be pervasive, yet remain private and secure.

Looking beyond that, the growth of AI is exposing multiple weaknesses in existing algorithms, so future algorithms will need to be more efficient, secure and explainable. "At present, AI is a job that can only be done by highly skilled experts".

There is also a scarcity of data scientists, data science engineers, and subject matter experts.

Rotating CEO of Huawei Eric Xu Global, explained that the level of sophistication of artificial intelligence is closely linked to the level of development of the ICT industry. specifically, Research and development and human skills.

"Within Huawei, we will continue exploring ways to improve management and efficiency with AI", Xu said.

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