Huawei’s Ascend 910: ‘World’s most powerful’ AI processor

Eric Xu, Huawei's rotating chairman, announcing the release of the Ascend 910 and MindSpore.
Updated 02 September 2019

Huawei’s Ascend 910: ‘World’s most powerful’ AI processor

Huawei officially launched the “world’s most powerful” AI processor — the Ascend 910 — as well as an all-scenario AI computing framework, MindSpore.

“We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October last year,” said Eric Xu, Huawei’s rotating chairman. “Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch. We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio, and today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei’s AI strategy.”

The Ascend 910 is a new AI processor that belongs to Huawei’s series of Ascend-Max chipsets. Huawei announced the processor’s planned specs at its 2018 flagship event, Huawei Connect. After a year of ongoing development, test results now show that the Ascend 910 processor delivers on its performance goals with much lower power consumption than originally planned.

For half-precision floating point (FP16) operations, Ascend 910 delivers 256 TeraFLOPS. For integer precision calculations (INT8), it delivers 512 TeraOPS. Despite its unrivaled performance, Ascend 910’s max power consumption is only 310W, much lower than its planned specs (350W).

“Ascend 910 performs much better than we expected,” said Xu. “Without a doubt, it has more computing power than any other AI processor in the world.”

Ascend 910 is used for AI model training. In a typical training session based on ResNet-50, the combination of Ascend 910 and MindSpore is about two times faster at training AI models than other mainstream training cards using TensorFlow.

Huawei also launched MindSpore, an AI computing framework that supports development for AI applications in all scenarios.

AI computing frameworks are critical to making AI application development easier, making AI applications more pervasive and accessible, and ensuring privacy protection.

As privacy protection grows more important than ever, support for all scenarios is essential for enabling secure, pervasive AI. This is a key component in the MindSpore framework, which can readily adapt to different deployment needs. Resource budget environments can be big or simple as needed — MindSpore supports them all.


Zee Global celebrates Diwali with Dia Mirza in UAE

Updated 11 November 2019

Zee Global celebrates Diwali with Dia Mirza in UAE

Global digital platform ZEE5, in association with LuLu, rolled out a series of special events for Diwali. Customers across LuLu stores in Madina Zayed Mall, Abu Dhabi and Al-Barsha, Dubai were treated to a visit from Bollywood star Dia Mirza.

Amongst a host of fun activities, ZEE5 and LuLu curated a Rangoli competition for artists in the Middle East. The winners of the challenge got a chance to meet Mirza in person and go on a shopping spree with her at LuLu stores. 

Mirza said: “It’s always exciting to meet my fans from different parts of the world and I’m especially so happy to have been able to celebrate Diwali with my fans in the Middle East this time. ZEE5 has really done a tremendous job in reaching out to audiences across the globe and I’m glad I was able to be a part of this special initiative.”

LuLu shoppers who bought products worth 100 dirhams ($27) or more won a one-month free subscription to ZEE5 giving them access to exclusive content including movies, shows and originals like Mirza’s Kaafir and Arjun Rampal’s The Final Call.

Archana Anand, chief business officer, ZEE5 Global, said: “With such a large Indian diaspora residing in the Middle East, Diwali becomes one of the most popular festivals in the region. We’ve partnered with LuLu to make this an extra special Diwali for their customers with various exciting events and offers and hope to make this a most memorable event for them.”

Aboobakker TP, regional director of LuLu Hypermarket Abu Dhabi, said: “We have always been committed to highlighting significant festivities for the Indian community like Diwali. This year, we are very proud to celebrate with Dia Mirza, who is well-known for her acting roles promoting Indian tradition and lifestyle. Through these occasions, other nationalities can experience the beauty and diversity of Indian culture. Apart from these events, we are offering a wide range of products in stores for gifting and feasting.”