Facebook is making its custom AI hardware open

According to Facebook’s blog post on the matter though, the company has taken the increasingly-more industry standard approach when it comes to AI technology by making the schematics for the newer Big Sur server open source. Big Sur packs eight Nvidia Tesla M40 graphics accelerators, each drawing up to 300 watts, and is the first system to use the high-end cards targeted at training deep neural networks. The servers are said to be stripped down to be able to cram in more chips. More than half of all systems on the latest list – published last month – relied on NVIDIA  GPUs as co-processors. The social media company has recently announced “Big Sur”, a system designed specifically for training neural networks. Google is also rolling out machine learning across more…


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