2022 Roundup of AI Breakthroughs by Microsoft & NVIDIA

December 12, 2022

In terms of AI developments, 2022 proved to be a banner year. AI production and usage increased and both deep learning and machine learning models steadily conquered increasingly complex problems. But AI evolution goes beyond impressive production and adoption levels to include breakthroughs in new computing methods, applications, and mega scale supercomputers. Two of the leaders in this space are Microsoft Azure and NVIDIA and here are some of their most noteworthy achievements this year.

Massive Cloud AI Supercomputer for Mega-sized AI Models

The two computing giants are collaborating to provide one of the most powerful AI supercomputing platforms in the world. Powered by Microsoft Azure’s advanced supercomputing infrastructure combined with NVIDIA GPUs, networking and full stack of AI software, this cloud supercomputer will help enterprises train, deploy and scale AI, including large, state-of-the-art models.

Azure is the first public cloud to incorporate NVIDIA’s advanced AI stack, adding tens of thousands of NVIDIA A100 and H100 GPUs, NVIDIA Quantum-2 400Gb/s InfiniBand networking and the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software suite to its platform.

But this effort isn’t limited to spinning up better outputs in lean times. There’s the need to advance knowledge and discoveries to benefit all of mankind’s endeavors and needs. All told, it’s an impressive AI system that performs at scales rarely imagined to be possible.

A Quantum Leap for AI-fueled Scientific Discoveries

AI can do far more than traditional data mining and advanced analytics. AI is dramatically changing  scientific method, handling complexities that a human mind cannot comprehend.

At SC22, NVIDIA announced broad adoption of its next-generation H100 Tensor Core GPUs and Quantum-2 InfiniBand, including new offerings on Microsoft Azure cloud and 50+ new partner systems for accelerating scientific discovery.

H100 and Quantum-2 are part of NVIDIA’s HPC platform — a full technology stack with CPUs, GPUs, DPUs, systems, networking and a broad range of AI and HPC software — that provides researchers the ability to efficiently accelerate their work on powerful systems, on premises or in the cloud.

Microsoft Azure will be the first to offer NVIDIA Quantum-2 for HPC Workloads, providing a world-class supercomputing cloud infrastructure that allows researchers and scientists using Azure to achieve their life’s work.

Innovation is the lifeblood of all industries and this Microsoft Azure and Nvidia breakthrough puts it at the fingertips of all users.

AI Brings Medical Imagery Diagnostics into Sharper Focus

A powerful collaboration between Microsoft Azure, NVIDIA, and the Nuance Precision Imaging Network puts AI-based medical image diagnostic tools directly into the hands of radiologists and other clinicians.  This enables the capture of economies at scale meaning patient care improves while costs drop.

“With the combination of NVIDIA’s and Nuance’s technologies, our AI researchers can focus on training and developing their models rather than doing all the plumbing underneath,” said Dr. Keith J. Dreyer, Chief Data Science Officer, Mass General Brigham. “That makes it simpler to get AI-powered insights to our clinicians, so they can provide the best possible care, accelerate time to treatment and improve patient outcomes.”

Wrapping up the roundup

Azure collaborates with Hazy Research and NVIDIA to achieve unmatched MLPerf results.  Azure-Hazy Research is the only submitter that reached below the 2-minute mark with BERT on 16 virtual machines.

Azure scales 530B Parameter GPT-3 Model with NVIDIA NeMo Megatron. Combining NVIDIA NeMo Megatron with Azure AI infrastructure offers a powerful platform that anyone can spin up in minutes without having to incur the costs and burden of managing their own on-premises infrastructure.

Azure and NVIDIA scored Top500 and Green500 ranking for AI purpose-built infrastructure

HPCwire bestowed Microsoft Azure and NVIDIA top awards in Best Use of HPC in Financial Services Editors’ Choice, Best AI Product or Technology – Readers’ Choice, and Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence.

At Supercomputing 2022, Nidhi Chappell, General Manager, Microsoft Azure HPC + AI and Ian Buck, VP/General Manager Hyperscale and HPC Computing, NVIDIA discuss game changers in AI and cloud infrastructure.  And NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang shares their latest news, innovations and technologies in NVIDIA’s SC22 Special Address.

All eyes are on Microsoft and NVIDIA to see what happens next in AI as 2023 approaches!

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