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Huawei launches its own AI computing framework
( chinadaily.com.cn )
Updated: 2019-08-26

Huawei Technologies Co officially launched its own computing framework for artificial intelligence on Friday, as the Chinese tech giant aims to develop an alternative to Google's TensorFlow platform given US government restrictions.

Google's TensorFlow is widely used by Chinese software developers to build AI applications.

The company also announced the commercialization of Ascend 910, an AI chip Huawei called the world's most powerful AI processor which can outperform the US tech giant Nvidia Corp's rival products.

The moves are part of crucial efforts by Huawei to build a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio and make AI more pervasive and accessible. They are also designed to beef up Huawei's in-house research and development capabilities as Washington's ban on dealing with the company continues.

Xu Zhijun, the rotating chairman of Huawei, said AI computing frameworks are critical to making AI application development easier, making AI applications more pervasive and accessible, and ensuring privacy protection.

"But so far, we have not seen a framework that is adaptable to all scenarios, across all devices, edge and cloud environments, and provides on-demand cooperation between them. That is why we launched the MindSpore AI framework," Xu said.

MindSpore will become open source in the first quarter of 2020, and Xu hopes this framework will help software developers build advanced AI applications with ease and train their models more quickly.