Microsoft Unveils Real-Time AI for Azure

Microsoft Unveils Real-Time AI for Azure

By Richard Adhikari

Aug 25, 2017 5:00 AM PT

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new deep learning acceleration platform designed for real-time artificial intelligence, codenamed “Project Brainwave,” at Hot Chips 2017.

The platform has three main layers:

  • a high-performance, distributed system architecture;
  • a hardware DNN (deep neural network) engine synthesized onto FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays); and
  • a compiler and runtime for low-friction deployment of trained models.

Project Brainwave leverages the massive FPGA infrastructure from Project Catapult that Microsoft has been deploying in Azure and Bing over the past few years.

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