The Nvidia logo.
Enlarge / Nvidia and Microsoft are teaming up on an AI cloud supercomputer.

On Wednesday, the two companies announced a collaboration to build a massive cloud computer focused on artificial intelligence. It will use a lot of high-end graphics cards for applications such as deep learning. It will be one of the most powerful artificial intelligence supercomputers in the world.

The Hopper H 100 is the most powerful graphics card in the world and will be featured in the new supercomputer. The A 100 is the second most powerful graphics card and can transfer data at a rate of 400 gigabits per second between the server and the computer.

Microsoft will provide its cloud infrastructure. The whole thing will be tied together by the platform from the company. The companies will work together on DeepSpeed.

The applications the joint supercomputer might serve were mentioned.


"As part of the collaboration, Nvidia will utilize Azure’s scalable virtual machine instances to research and further accelerate advances in generative AI, a rapidly emerging area of AI in which foundational models like Megatron Turing NLG 530B are the basis for unsupervised, self-learning algorithms to create new text, code, digital images, video or audio."

Stable Diffusion and DALL-E are examples of generative artificial intelligence models that can synthesise novel images. There are models that can create video and perform other tasks. The demand for generative artificial intelligence is going to increase as a result.

A press photo of the Nvidia H100 Tensor Core GPU.
Enlarge / A press photo of the Nvidia H100 Tensor Core GPU.

Once the cloud computer comes online, customers can deploy thousands of GPUs in a single cluster to "train even the most massive large language models, build the most complex recommender systems at scale, and enable generative artificial intelligence at scale," according to the company.

The announcement marks the beginning of a multi-year collaboration, but the companies did not give any details on when the new supercomputer will be ready. The cloud computer is likely to get bigger over time.