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Microsoft just built one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers — in Azure

Microsoft has constructed a 285,000-processor supercomputer designed for machine learning applications as part of its Azure cloud infrastructure service. It should be one of the most powerful computers on the planet — and is the latest sign that supercomputing may slowly migrate to the cloud.

The supercomputer was developed for OpenAI, the organization working to build “safe artificial general intelligence,” assuming such a thing is possible. It will be exclusively available to OpenAI as a cloud service for running the “massive distributed AI models” that it says will be needed to achieve artificial general intelligence, Microsoft announced Tuesday.

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