Huawei Technologies has launched the second phase of its Peng Cheng Cloud Brain. Powered by its Atlas 900 platform, an AI “training cluster” consisting of thousands of self-made AI processors under the Kunpeng and Ascend brands, the laboratory has been dubbed by state media as “nuclear reactors and space stations” in the field of artificial intelligence. Research will be applied to a range of fields such as computer vision, natural language processing, autonomous driving, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing.
“Kunpeng has a strong commonality while Ascend is capable of ultra-fast AI computing. The computing device combining these two would enable Cloud Brain to achieve a lot of AI functions”, said Hou Jinlong, president of the company’s AI division, as quoted by Science and Technology Daily. He added that Atlas 900 can be applied in astronomical exploration, weather prediction, autonomous driving and oil exploration.
Besides hardware, the platform also accommodates a number of research databases, open source projects as well as more than 450 researchers from the country’s top academic bodies including Peking University, Tsinghua University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, who have been conducting more than 500 research tasks on a daily basis in its first phase.
Positioning itself as a “strong candidate” for Guangdong’s first National Laboratories status (there are four in Beijing, Hefei, Lanzhou and Qingdao), Peng Cheng Laboratory focuses on AI, network communications and cybersecurity, with four cutting-edge scientific devices already having been built.
Researchers are focused on basic theory, core algorithm, high-end chips, key equipments and operating systems, working on an open-source platform that can be applied to urban transportation, medical care, financial risk control, intelligent manufacturing and other fields, according to Science and Technology Daily.
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