Ascend 910 is a new AI processor that belongs to the Huawei’s series of Ascend-Max chipsets.
Huawei, the Chinese technology giant on Friday launched what it is calling the world’s most powerful artificial intelligence (AI) processor — the Ascend 910 — along with an all-scenario AI computing framework called MindSpore.
The Huawei Ascend 910 is a new AI processor that belongs to the company’s series of Ascend-Max chipsets.
The telecom giant had announced that the processor’s planned specifications at its 2018 flagship event, Huawei Connect, and after a year of development, results now show that the Ascend 910 processor delivers with much lower power consumption than originally planned, according to the company.
“We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October 2018. Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch.
“We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio and today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei’s AI strategy,” Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman, Huawei, said in a statement.
Despite its performance, Huawei Ascend 910’s max power consumption is only 310W, much lower than its planned specifications (350W).
The chipset is used for AI model training and in a typical training session based on ResNet-50.
The combination of Ascend 910 and MindSpore is about two times faster at training AI models than other mainstream training cards using TensorFlow.
Huawei has also promised to continue investing in AI processors to deliver more abundant, affordable and adaptable computing powers.
Needs of a broad range of scenarios such as edge computing, on-vehicle computing for autonomous driving and training.