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HUAWEI bares plans focusing on AI


HUAWEI recently announced the direction it will be taking in the coming years which focuses more on artificial intelligence.
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Sabrina Meng, HUAWEI's Deputy Chairwoman, Rotating Chairwoman, and CFO, announced during the HUAWEI Connect 2023 the company's All Intelligence strategy.

This shift comes after two decades of focusing on pushing for information and communications technology through HUAWEI’s All IP strategy, and then with its All Cloud strategy.

As artificial intelligence gains steam and its impact on industry continues to grow, Huawei's All Intelligence strategy is designed to help all industries make the most of new strategic opportunities presented by AI, HUAWEI said in a statement.

The Chinese company said the key to this strategy is providing the massive amounts of computing power needed to train foundation models for different industries.

Huawei is committed to building a solid computing backbone for China – and another option for the world," Meng said. "We will keep strengthening the synergy between hardware, software, chips, edge, devices, and cloud to provide fertile ground for a thriving ecosystem. Our end goal is to help meet the diverse AI computing needs of different industries.

Regarding HUAWEI's next steps, Meng also said the company will dive into the product and tech domains and work closely with different stakeholders to provide "cutting-edge, easy-to-use industry solutions."

David Wang, HUAWEI Executive Director of the Board, chairman of the ICT Infrastructure Managing Board, and president of the Enterprise BG, announced in the same event HUAWEI's new Atlas 900 SuperCluster.

This new AI computing cluster, the latest in HUAWEI’s Ascend series of computing products, makes use of a new architecture that's optimized for training massive AI foundation models with over one trillion parameters. It is also packed with HUAWEI's Xinghe Network CloudEngine XH16800 switch. With high-density 800GE ports, the SuperCluster's two-layer switching network can connect up to 2,250 nodes per cluster – equivalent to 18,000 NPUs – without oversubscription.

Its innovative super node architecture boosts its overall computing power and takes the speed and efficiency of foundation model training to another level, HUAWEI noted. In addition, HUAWEI said it also leveraged its strengths in computing, storage, network, and energy to systematically improve system reliability at the component, node, cluster, and service levels.

Wang also launched nine new intelligent industry solutions based on HUAWEI's intelligent transformation reference architecture. These solutions are designed to meet the specific needs of different industries, including finance, government, manufacturing, electric power, and railways, the company noted.

Wang also announced the release of a new white paper, Accelerating Intelligent Transformation which is a collection of case studies and best practices that will guide industries as they embrace new forms of intelligence.

HUAWEI said it also partnered up with the China West Airport Group (CWAG) to develop a comprehensive intelligent transformation strategy.

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Source: HUAWEI

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