Huawei rumoured to be developing server GPUs as it rebukes "groundless criticism" over its ties with the CCP
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Cited by Tom's Hardware, The Elec has reported that Huawei is planning to release server GPUs this year. Claiming to have learned the information from industry sources, The Elec states that the new project will sit within Huawei's newly created Cloud and AI Business Group.
It is worth remembering that Huawei has already released the Atlas 300, an AI accelerator card. Based on the Ascend 310 and 910 AI processor, Huawei claims that the Atlas 300 is capable of achieving up to 256 TFLOPS of FP16 performance at 310 W. As Tom's Hardware points out, this means that the Ascend 910 would offer twice the FP16 performance of the NVIDIA Tesla V100, while also being based on a smaller manufacturing process.
While Huawei may be seeking to expand the infrastructure side of its business, it remains dogged by claims of its ties to the CCP. In an open letter published today, Vice President Victor Zhang stated:
...there has been groundless criticism from some about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G rollout. And there are those who choose to continue to attack us without presenting any evidence. Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice.