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OpenAI partners with Microsoft to develop 'cloud brains'

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The non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research firm OpenAI has agreed to partner with Microsoft to develop 'cloud brains' to test its experiments.

The organisation, which is backed by Elon Musk, has signed an agreement that will allow it to run large-scale experiments using the company's Azure cloud services. OpenAI aims to discover more about deep learning and AI, while Microsoft will use the partnership to create new tools and technologies that utilise AI.

OpenAI was one of the first adopters of Microsoft's Azure N-Series Virtual Machines service that was designed to handle the intense computing workloads that are needed to run simulations and deep learning projects. The service is powered by Nvidia's graphics chips and will be made generally available starting in December.

In a blog post (opens in new tab), OpenAI explained how it will utilise the power of Microsoft's Azure N-Series Virtual Machines in its upcoming experiments, saying: “In the coming months we will use thousands to tens of thousands of these machines to increase both the number of experiments we run and the size of the models we train.”

Its new partnership with Microsoft will enable the non-profit to scale up its operations and begin to make advancements in both deep learning and AI. 

OpenAI was initially founded in December of last year with the aim of creating AI that could augment mankind's existing capabilities. The non-profit will continue to offer its software under open-source licensing to make it easier for anyone to run their own large-scale AI workloads using the cloud.

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.