Helsinki, Finland, November 22, 2019] Huawei Intelligent Computing showed its full-stack, all scenario AI solutions and AI ecosystem strategy in Europe at the Slush 2019 conference in Helsinki, November 19 – 20. The Helsinki conference is one of many SLUSH events worldwide promoting entrepreneurship, targeting major global problems and promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s SLUSH in Helsinki attracted over 20,000 participants, including international tech giants and startups from more than 130 countries and regions.
Huawei Intelligent Computing booth at Slush 2019
In a keynote speech entitled "Ascend to a New AI Era", Xiong Yihui, Marketing VP of Huawei's Intelligent Computing BU, said Huawei will continue to invest in basic research to develop full-stack, all-scenario AI solutions and collaborate to foster an open ecosystem that cultivates talent, and advances the existing portfolio.
Xiong also discussed Huawei's Ascend-based AI ecosystem program for Europe released on November 5 at HCE2019 (HUAWEI ECO-CONNECT EUROPE 2019). “Over the next five years, Huawei aims to invest 100 million euros, and collaborate with industry organizations, 200,000 developers, 500 ISV partners, and 50 research institutes and universities,” Xiong explained. “These initiatives will enable startups and developers to develop technologies and innovate businesses based on Huawei's Ascend-powered AI products.”
For enterprises, Huawei uses two OpenLabs, located in Munich and Paris as AI centers to provide hardware, development, porting, and co-marketing support for startup ISVs.
For AI developers, Xu Daorong and Sun Le, experts from the European branch of Huawei's Intelligent Computing BU, introduced Huawei's AI inference development framework and Ascend-based development tools. These powerful tools help developers develop and deploy algorithms in an end-to-end manner and develop custom operators. Huawei will enable European developers by focusing on the online Ascend developer community and offline technical salons, developer contests, and developer support.
Xiong Yihui, Marketing VP of Huawei's Intelligent Computing BU
The Huawei Intelligent Computing booth showcased a full lineup of AI software and hardware products, an AI ecosystem plan oriented to Europe, and solutions jointly developed with universities, ecosystem partners, and developers.
The exhibition fully demonstrates Huawei's AI technical strength in full-stack, all-scenario AI offerings, and plans to invest in the AI computing industry and build an AI ecosystem.
Huawei’s full-stack AI solution includes the Ascend series AI processors, Compute Architecture for Neural Networks (CANN) operator libraries, MindSpore AI computing framework, and ModelArts for application enablement. The all-scenario AI solution includes Atlas training and inference products.
The use cases co-innovated with universities focus on image classification, detection, segmentation, super-resolution, generative adversarial network (GAN) image generation, computer vision, and robotics.
The co-innovation solutions with ISV partners include intelligent power transmission line inspection, robotic arms for garbage sorting (by ABB), free-flow tolling, and optical character recognition (OCR) for smart finance. The solutions span fields of application such as transportation, electric power, and finance industries.