Microsoft has launched a hardware acceleration platform which it has named as Project Brainwave. The platform claims to offer a real-time AI in the cloud that responds quickly. Microsoft has stated that it has used Intel's Stratix 10 field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip which is capable of compiling 39.5 Teraflops worth of tasks in machine learning in less than 1 millisecond. It also does not require to batch tasks together. Simply put, the platform is capable of performing complex AI tasks instantaneously.
Brainwave is supposedly more flexible than several of its rivals. The platform runs on a dynamic neural network processing engine with FPGA chips. It can not only handle Microsoft's AI framework but it can also work with Google's TensorFlow and several similar systems. It allows you to build a machine learning system the way you like and it can be expected to run in real-time.
Microsoft is planning to make Project Brainwave available through its Azure cloud service which is the least of a surprise. Microsoft wants enterprises to make use of live AI. Although it is quite presumable that the technology will not receive wide adoption but it certainly makes it quite clear that Microsoft doesn't want rivals to succeed its efforts especially when Google and Facebook are trying to take a substantial stance in the field. Microsoft hopes that enterprises will eventually find resort at Azure and it is making every possible effort to enhance AI management by providing a better control over AI performance.