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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Details on Microsoft Singularity for AI Workflow

Worth a look, I will.  Note indication of scheduling AI workloads.

Microsoft goes public with details on its 'Singularity' AI infrastructure service

Microsoft's Azure and Research teams are working together on the 'Singularity' AI infrastructure service.

By Mary Jo Foley

Posted in All About Microsoft on February 21, 2022 | Topic: AI & Robotics

Microsoft's Azure and Research teams are working together to build a new AI infrastructure service, codenamed "Singularity." The Singularity team is working to build what Microsoft describes in some of its job postings for the group as "a new AI platform service ground-up from scratch that will become a major driver for AI, both inside Microsoft and outside."

A group of those working on the project have published a paper entitled "Singularity: Planet-Scale, Preemptible and Elastic Scheduling of AI Workloads,"  which provides technical details about the Singularity effort. The Singularity service is about providing data scientists and AI practitioners with a way to build, scale, experiment and iterate on their models on a Microsoft-provided distributed infrastructure service built specifically for AI.

Authors listed on the newly published paper include Azure Chief Technical Officer Mark Russinovich; Partner Architect Rimma Nehme, who worked on Azure Cosmos DB until moving to Azure to work on AI and deep learning in 2019; and Technical Fellow Dharma Shukla. From that paper:

"At the heart of Singularity is a novel, workload-aware scheduler that can transparently preempt and elastically scale deep learning workloads to drive high utilization without impacting their correctness or performance, across a global fleet of accelerators (e.g., GPUs, FPGAs)."  (Details at her ZDnet site linked to above) .... ' 

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