Microsoft increases investment in OpenAI’s supercomputing research

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OpenAI and Microsoft have announced the extension of their partnership through a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment from Microsoft.

This follows previous investments in 2019 and 2021, and will allow the companies to continue their independent research and develop AI that is increasingly safe, useful, and powerful.

OpenAI remains a capped-profit company, governed by the OpenAI non-profit, which allows it to raise the capital it needs to fulfill its mission of ensuring advanced AI benefits all of humanity, without sacrificing its core beliefs about broadly sharing benefits and the need to prioritize safety.

Microsoft shares this vision and values, and the partnership is instrumental to their progress. Together, they have built multiple supercomputing systems powered by Azure, which they use to train all of their models. Azure’s unique architecture design has been crucial in delivering best-in-class performance and scale for their AI training and inference workloads.

As part of the extended partnership, Microsoft will increase its investment in these systems to accelerate OpenAI’s independent research and Azure will remain the exclusive cloud provider for all OpenAI workloads across research, API, and products.

OpenAI and Microsoft have also partnered to deploy the company’s technology through their API and the Azure OpenAI Service, enabling enterprise and developers to build on top of GPT, DALL·E, and Codex. Additionally, OpenAI’s technology has been integrated into apps like GitHub Copilot and Microsoft Designer.

In an effort to build and deploy safe AI systems, the companies’ teams regularly collaborate to review and synthesize shared lessons and use them to inform iterative updates to their systems, future research, and best practices for the use of these powerful AI systems across the industry_


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