Microsoft's headquarters in France at Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine). Illustrative photo.
Microsoft’s head office in France at Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine). Illustrative photo. (VINCENT ISORE / MAXPPP)

It will be one of the five most powerful computers in the world, fully … virtual. It will be used for real-time translation or even for writing computer programs. The announcement was made at Microsoft’s international developer conference, Build 2020, which is being held entirely on video this year due to the epidemic.

This super computer should be one of the biggest computer calculators on the planet. Micrososft says it will have 285,000 processor cores (compared to less than a dozen personal computers) and 10,000 ultra-fast graphics processors. And the peculiarity of this power monster is that it will be virtual in a way, since it will run entirely in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Its power will be distributed across multiple data centers around the world instead of being in one place as a single machine.

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This machine, entirely dedicated to artificial intelligence, will be used, for example, to recognize human language in order to develop machine translation applications in videoconferencing systems. He should also learn to program on his own, using the computer code available on the professional GitHub platform, in order to be able to generate computer applications.

This supercomputer was created as part of the Open AI project, an initiative by Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and Space X, to develop consumer artificial intelligence applications, in which Microsoft has invested $ 1 billion . The firm wants it to be like a desktop PC with very powerful basic functions, allowing companies to develop more specific applications.

All this is part of a fierce international competition, in the field of artificial intelligence, between the giants Microsoft, Google and IBM, in particular.

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