Why Microsoft Is Putting These Chips at the Center of Its Cloud

Microsoft has already talked a bit about its new computing architecture that makes more extensive use of field programmable gate array (FPGA) chips as well as conventional microprocessors to power its Azure cloud. But on Monday, the tech giant is revealing more details about that deployment. Essentially, Microsoft msft researchers say that treating FPGAs as the “front door” to each server can expedite processes and even offload some key jobs from the server’s main microprocessor chip. For prospective business customers, that could mean that Microsoft Bing would return better, more relevant Internet searches based on a wider array of sources without adding delays. Additionally, complex computing tasks required by artificial intelligence (AI) applications would be accelerated, according to two Microsoft professionals involved in this work: Derek Chiou and Sitaram Lanka.…


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