Microsoft unveils Project Brainwave for real-time AI

August 25, 2017

The initiative called Project Brainwave was unveiled at the Hot Chips conference yesterday. “We designed the system for real-time AI, which means the system processes requests as fast as it receives them, with ultra-low latency support,” explained Doug Burger, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft Research. The platform supports various deep learning frameworks such as Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and Google’s Tensorflow, and Microsoft plans to add support many others in the near future. The Project Brainwave prototype that Microsoft showed at the conference was running on Intel’s new 14nm Stratix 10 FPGA, but Burger explained that the company expects “significant further performance improvements” after tuning the system over the next few quarters.


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