Huawei Cloud Launches Pangu Models 3.0, Ascend AI Cloud Services

 Huawei Cloud Launches Pangu Models 3.0, Ascend AI Cloud Services

Huawei Technologies Company Limited has announced the launch of Pangu Models and Ascend AI Cloud services as part of efforts to reshape the artificial intelligence industry globally.

The launch, which had in attendance developers, was held in Dongguan, China on July 7, during the annual HUAWEI Developer Conference.

The event created opportunity for IT stakeholders to discuss the booming AI industry, the new opportunities it has created, its latest applications, and their experiences working with AI.

Delivering his keynote speech, Huawei’s Executive Director and CEO of Huawei Cloud, Mr. Zhang Ping’an disclosed that Pangu Models 3.0 will focus on building up core competitiveness and helping customers, partners, and developers operationalize AI and drive real value creation across industries while Ascend AI cloud services will enable computer cluster to provide 2,000 petaFLOPS of compute capacity, and a 1,000-card cluster that can train a multi-billion parameter model for an uninterrupted 30 days.

“Huawei Cloud Pangu models will empower everyone from every industry with an intelligent assistant, making them more productive and efficient. We will uphold our mission of “AI for Industries”, and use Pangu models to reshape all industries with AI. Every developer will have the power to change the world. In addition to Huawei MindSpore, Ascend AI cloud services use common AI frameworks such as PyTorch and TensorFlow. 90% of operators in these frameworks can smoothly migrate to Ascend using provided end-to-end migration tools. We now offer another option for global customers, partners, and developers to build, train, and use AI models,” Ping’an said.

Huawei Cloud Pangu models have been designed to focus on the practical needs of specific industry scenario using a “5+N+X” three-layer architecture.

According to him, Pangu Models 3.0 are available in different sizes and they include 10 billion parameters, 38 billion parameters, 71 billion parameters, and 100 billion parameters that meet diverse customer needs and different standards on latency and response times.

“Pangu models were born to serve industry-specific needs, and we are here to help customers from every industry to develop and use large models to solve their problems in ways never seen before,” he said.

 Today, Pangu models are being used in a wide range of industries, such as finance, manufacturing, drug R&D, coal mining, and railway.

The Pangu Government Model has been trained on over 200,000 government data records, covering government policy documents, government encyclopedia knowledge bases, government hotline data, and other common knowledge, so it has extensive knowledge on government policies, regulations, and government service processes.

In meteorology, the Pangu Meteorology Model (or Pangu-Weather) is the first AI model to have surpassed state-of-the-art numerical weather prediction (NWP) methods in terms of accuracy. The prediction speed is also several orders of magnitude faster. In the past, predicting the trajectory of a typhoon over 10 days took 4 to 5 hours of simulation on a high-performance cluster of 3,000 servers. Now, the Pangu model can do it in 10 seconds on a single GPU of a single server, and with more accurate results.

In addition to better AI models, Huawei Cloud enhances the underlying technologies that power AI and these include an AI compute cloud platform built on Kunpeng and Ascend, CANN (a heterogeneous computing architecture), MindSpore (an all-scenario AI framework), and ModelArts (AI development pipeline).

Beyond implementations across industries, Pangu models are also integrated into Huawei Cloud products and services as a massive productivity boost.

 It generates code through one dialog, automatically comments out and generates test cases in one click, and deploys services/apps with one instruction.

Huawei Cloud aims to build an open global ecosystem with a focus on developers. The cloud currently connects over 4.6 million developers worldwide and offers more than 10,000 services on KooGallery, its marketplace. The goal is to find the right model-market fit through partnerships and collaboration with developers.

Developers are the engine for digital innovation. The conference was also the launch of the Huawei Developer Competition 2023. With the theme of “Spark Infinity”, this flagship ICT event straddled two tracks: cloud foundation and industry.

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