"We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October last year," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch. We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio. And today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei's AI strategy."
After a year of development, Huawei today announced the commercial availability of the Huawei Ascend 910 AI computing chip and the machine learning framework MindSpore. Huawei says the Ascend 910 is the world's fastest AI processor, packing twice the performance of rival Nvidia's Tesla v100. Billed as the single chip with the greatest computing density, Ascend 910 delivers performance of up to 256 teraFLOPS under FP16 and 512 teraOPS under IN8 with declared max power consumption of 310W. In comparison, the GPU Tesla V100 delivers up to 125 teraFLOPS with a max power consumption of 300W, while Google's TPU 2.0 with four ASICs can reach 180 teraFLOPS. Ascend 910 is designed for deep learning training, and targets users such data scientists, researchers and engineers.
This is one of Huawei's annual corporate-level flagship events. It has witnessed the release of many crucial strategies and products of Huawei. On HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released its AI strategy and AI processors. In fact, after Huawei released the world's most powerful AI processor, Ascend 910, on August 23, its business model has attracted high attention from the industry. In response to media questions, Eric Xu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating Chairman, said that the Ascend 910-based training service could be launched to the market in China in September this year and globally in the first quarter of next year.
Huawei has announced two new chips for artificial intelligence applications. The Ascend AI IP and chip series, the world's first AI IP and chip series that natively serves all scenarios, providing optimal TeraOPS per watt. The Ascend series delivers excellent performance per watt in every scenario, whether it's minimum energy consumption or maximum computing power in data centers. Their unified architecture also makes it easy to deploy, migrate, and interconnect AI applications across different scenarios. The Ascend 910 and Ascend 310 chips, which were announced at today's event, mark Huawei's leading AI capabilities at the chip level – the bottom layer of the stack.
Huawei released a new white paper earlier this month, detailing its tech predictions for the upcoming years. Notably, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is believed by the firm to undergo several advancements in the next five years, with a massive increase in the usage of AI, particularly in the enterprise sector. The Shenzhen giant has introduced AI-based products in the past as well, conforming to its vision for the future. Today, the Chinese firm reached a major milestone in its AI roadmap, announcing Ascend 910, the "world's most powerful AI processor", and MindSpore, an AI computing framework. With this launch, the firm has unveiled all the key components of its full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio.