Microsoft showcases latest AI solutions at NVIDIA GTC

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It was great to see you at the NVIDIA GTC AI Conference in San Jose, CA March 18 - 21! We hope the Microsoft Azure AI infrastructure demos and sessions were informative and will help you on your AI transformation journey. Weren't able to attend NVIDIA GTC? Here are some event highlights. 


At the conference, Microsoft showcased the latest Azure AI services and AI infrastructure via our exhibit hall booth presentations, demos and 14 GTC sessions, panels and talks (watch on demand). Microsoft's featured sessions include:

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang highlighted Microsoft and NVIDIA's long-standing partnership during his GTC keynote. And we shared delicious food, fun and networking with GTC attendees during the Microsoft and NVIDIA co-hosted Welcome Reception and Executive Luncheon.


VentureBeat Senior Writer Sharon Goldman interviewed Nidhi Chappell, VP of Azure AI and HPC Infrastructure, to discuss Microsoft Azure AI advancements.  


And insideHPC Senior Editor Doug Black met with John Lee, Microsoft Azure’s Principal Lead, AI Platforms & Infrastructure, to learn about the industry-leading capabilities of Azure infrastructure for AI. 



Microsoft announcements
Microsoft also announced a number of new AI offerings, expanding our long-standing collaboration with NVIDIA to deliver revolutionary AI technologies and solutions. Here's a recap. 
Next-generation AI

Microsoft and NVIDIA are bringing the power of the new NVIDIA G200 Grace Blackwell Superchip to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft has worked closely with NVIDIA to ensure their GPUs, including the GB200, can handle the latest large language models (LLMs) trained on Azure AI infrastructure. These models require enormous amounts of data and compute to train and run, and the GB200 will enable Microsoft to help customers scale these resources to new levels of performance and accuracy. The new Azure instances-based on the latest GB200 and NVIDIA Quantum-X800 InfiniBand networking will help accelerate the generation of frontier and foundational models for natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition, and more. 


General availability of Azure NC H100 v5-series

Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure NC H100 v5-series virtual machines, designed for mid-range training, inferencing, and high-performance compute (HPC) simulations; it offers high performance and efficiency. As generative AI applications expand at incredible speed, the fundamental language models that empower them will expand also to include both SLMs and LLMs. In addition, artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) models will continue to evolve, focused on more precise predictions rather than creation of novel data to continue to enhance its use cases. Their applications include tasks such as image classification, object detection, and broader natural language processing.


Breakthroughs for healthcare and life sciences

Microsoft is expanding its collaboration with NVIDIA to help transform the healthcare and life sciences industry through the integration of cloud, AI, and supercomputing. Bringing together the global scale, security, and advanced computing capabilities of Azure and Azure AI, with NVIDIA’S DGX Cloud and NVIDIA Clara suite, healthcare and life sciences organizations accelerate innovation and improve patient care.  


New Omniverse APIs on Azure

NVIDIA’s Omniverse platform for developing 3D applications will now be available as a set of APIs running on Microsoft Azure, enabling customers to embed advanced graphics and visualization capabilities into existing software applications from Microsoft and partner ISVs. Built on OpenUSD, a universal data interchange, NVIDIA Omniverse Cloud APIs on Azure do the integration work for customers, giving them seamless physically based rendering capabilities on the front end. Demonstrating the value of these APIs, Microsoft and NVIDIA have been working with Rockwell Automation and Hexagon to show how the physical and digital worlds can be combined for increased productivity and efficiency. 




Learn more

We look forward the next NVIDIA GTC event and hope we'll see you at Microsoft Build May 21 - 23 in Seattle and online. In the meantime, check out our GTC sessions on-demand and learn more about Azure for AI innovation. 



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