In a recent statement at the 19th Summer Summit of the Yabuli China Entrepreneur Forum, Liu Qingfeng, the founder and chairman of HKUST Xunfei, provided updates regarding the advancement of their artificial intelligence models and celebrated the leaps Huawei has made in GPU capabilities.
The Rising AI Tide in China
China’s AI prowess is incontestable. The algorithms powering the nation’s AI infrastructure are formidable, with firms continuously innovating to keep pace with global standards. As highlighted by Liu Qingfeng, a central challenge lies in computing power. The domination of Nvidia in training AI models has limited the flexibility and independence of enterprises in the field. This has rendered the task of model training a daunting endeavor for many, with minor tweaks being the only course of action within company confines.
However, this narrative is undergoing a seismic shift, thanks to Huawei’s ground-breaking strides in GPU technology. Mirroring the power of Nvidia’s A100, Huawei’s GPU prowess has earned high praise from Liu Qingfeng. Such an accomplishment has not been without dedicated attention. The involvement of three directors from Huawei in the special iFlytek class of HKUST showcases the weightage Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, lends to this endeavor.
Beyond the discussions surrounding computing capabilities, Liu Qingfeng unveiled HKUST Xunfei’s ambitious goals for the near future. The company is gearing up to release a large general-purpose model by October 24, intending to match and potentially surpass the capabilities of ChatGPT, particularly in the Chinese language domain. While he admitted to a present gap in their abilities compared to GPT-4, Qingfeng showcased confidence in bridging this divide in the first half of 2023.
A sneak peek into Xunfei’s recent accomplishments shows the company’s trajectory. The Xunfei Xinghuo Cognitive Big Model, launched on May 6, boasts seven core capabilities. These range from text generation, language comprehension, and knowledge-based Q&A to logical reasoning, mathematical adeptness, coding proficiency, and multimodal abilities.
It is evident that with these announcements, China’s AI landscape is poised for significant upheavals, positioning itself as a formidable challenger on the global AI stage.