Microsoft joins hands with Elon Musk on cloud

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OpenAI, the non-benefit artificial intelligence(AI)research firm backed by Tesla Motors‘ Elon Musk and other eminent tech executives, has consented an agreement to run the majority of its large-scale experiments on Microsoft‘s flagship cloud service, Azure.

OpenAI will utilize Azure for its experiments in profound learning and AI, and Microsoft will team up with the company on advancing research and creating new tools and advancements.

Musk, along with venture capitalist Sam Altman, co-chairs OpenAI, whose backers separate from Musk include Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services and tech investor Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

OpenAI is an early adopter of Microsoft’s Azure N-Series Virtual Machines service, which will be generally available from December.

These cloud-computing services, which are powered by Nvidia graphics chips, are designed for the most intensive computing workloads, including prfound learning and simulations.

“In the coming months we will use thousands to tens of thousands of these machines to increase both the number of experiments we run and the size of the models we train,” said Open AI in a blog post.

The non-profit was created last December with the goal of creating AI that augments human capabilities.

The investors have committed $1 billion to the startup, but OpenAI said it hopes to spend only a “minor portion” of that in couple of years.

OpenAI will continue to release open-source software to make it less demanding for individuals to run large-scale AI workloads on the cloud, and will furnish Microsoft with feedback to guarantee that Azure’s capabilities keep pace with its advances in AI.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk

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