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Microsoft's Maia AI Enhanced with New Network Card

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Microsoft's Maia AI Enhanced with New Network Card

Microsoft is currently engaged in the development of an innovative network card designed to enhance the performance of its Maia artificial intelligence (AI) server chips, potentially reducing dependence on Nvidia. Reliable sources reveal that Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, has appointed Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper Networks, a prominent network equipment developer, to spearhead the research and development of this network card. Notably, Microsoft acquired Fungible, a server chip company founded by Pradeep Sindhu, in the previous year.

Reports indicate that the new network card bears similarities to Nvidia's ConnectX-7 network card, with the chip developer marketing it in conjunction with graphics processing units (GPUs). The development timeline for this cutting-edge device is anticipated to extend beyond a year. If successful, it holds the potential to significantly reduce the time required for training models on Microsoft servers, thereby resulting in a reduction in associated costs.

Having made substantial investments in OpenAI, the manufacturer of ChatGPT, Microsoft has seamlessly integrated its technology across diverse products, positioning the Windows manufacturer with a competitive advantage in the realm of AI software sales. In November of the preceding year, Microsoft introduced Maia, a chip explicitly designed for executing large language models and supporting AI computations.


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