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Microsoft's New Network Card to Boost Maia AI Chip, Reduce Nvidia Dependence: Report

Microsoft is developing a new network card to enhance the performance of its Maia AI server chip and reduce reliance on Nvidia. Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper Networks, is leading the network card initiative. The network card is similar to Nvidia's ConnectX-7 card and could potentially streamline the training process for OpenAI's models on Microsoft servers.

Microsoft is making strides in developing a new network card that has the potential to enhance the performance of its Maia AI server chip and reduce its dependence on chip designer Nvidia, according to a report by The Information. The move comes as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has enlisted the expertise of Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of networking gear developer Juniper Networks, to lead the network card initiative. Sindhu's server chip startup, Fungible, was acquired by Microsoft last year.


The newly developed network card is said to be similar to Nvidia's ConnectX-7 card, which is sold alongside its graphic processor units (GPUs). This development could have significant implications for Microsoft, as it aims to streamline the training process for OpenAI's models on its servers, potentially reducing both time and cost, as stated in the report.

While the development of the network card is still in progress, it is expected to take more than a year to complete. If successful, it could revolutionise the training of AI models on Microsoft servers, offering improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


Microsoft's investment in OpenAI has been substantial, with billions of dollars poured into the company. By incorporating OpenAI's technology into a wide range of products, Microsoft has gained a competitive edge in the market for artificial intelligence software.


In November, Microsoft introduced Maia, a chip specifically designed to power large language models and support AI computing. This move further solidifies Microsoft's commitment to advancing AI technology and its ambition to lead the industry.

 
  • Microsoft is developing a new network card to enhance the performance of its Maia AI server chip and reduce reliance on Nvidia.

  • Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper Networks, is leading the network card initiative.

  • The network card is similar to Nvidia's ConnectX-7 card and could potentially streamline the training process for OpenAI's models on Microsoft servers.


Source: REUTERS

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