Microsoft and OpenAI are major partners of several years. Microsoft has been investing billions of dollars into the developer over the years, granting it’s a cut of profits, exclusive access to AI, and Azure being OpenAI’s only cloud provider. It also now seems that Microsoft is playing a major role in the ongoing development of the ChatGPT chatbot.
Microsoft has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a supercomputer that will power ChatGPT. In a pair of blog posts on Monday, Microsoft discussed its role in creating an artificial intelligence infrastructure in Azure that OpenAI uses for ChatGPT and other projects.
Microsoft points out it combined thousands of Nvidia GPUs to Azure cloud computing. The resulting supercomputer was powerful enough for OpenAI to train its artificial intelligence models, including ChatGPT. The same system was also used to train Microsoft’s recently launched Bing Chat search AI, which itself uses ChatGPT technology.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s vice president of AI and cloud, says that the company spent hundreds of millions of dollars in a statement to Bloomberg. This once again highlights the company’s commitment to AI and integrating it across all services.
“We saw that we would need to build special purpose clusters focusing on enabling large training workloads and OpenAI was one of the early proof points for that,” Eric Boyd, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Azure AI, says in a statement to Bloomberg. “We worked closely with them to learn what are the key things they were looking for as they built out their training environments and what were the key things they need.”
Earlier this year, Microsoft deepened its partnership with OpenAI, reportedly investing $10 billion into the research group.
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