Amazon is hosting its annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, taking over the entire strip. The company — which recently made investments in generative AI companies like Anthropic and offers access to large language models like Llama 2 — is expected to announce new partnerships, more generative AI capabilities, and new AI models.
There’s already been some big AI-focused news from the show, including that the company’s Amazon Transcribe product is now powered by generative AI and that AWS will deploy Nvidia’s powerful GH200 AI chips. Amazon likely has some other notable announcements in the pipeline as it strives to show potential customers that it can compete with AI offerings from other big cloud infrastructure providers like Microsoft and Google.
re:Invent is set to run through December 1st. Here’s our coverage from the show.
AWS and Nvidia expand partnership in generative AI.
AWS will be the first cloud provider to deploy Nvidia’s GH200 chips, originally announced for release in 2024. Nvidia said GH200 has triple the memory of the popular H100 chips.
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, a surprise guest during AWS CEO Adam Selipsky’s keynote at the AWS re:Invent conference, also announced Nvidia’s AI “factory” DGX Cloud is coming to AWS.
AWS is experimenting with a chip that can solve key quantum computing problems.
Peter Desantis, general manager of AWS EC2, announced during a re:Invent keynote that the new chip helps figure out how to correct errors — like flipping a binary code from a 1 to a 0 — that occasionally pop up when working with quantum computing queries. If quantum computing errors are mitigated, it could pave the way for more usable quantum computing, Desantis said.
“We are still in the very early stages, but this chip represents an important step in error correction for quantum computing.”
Amazon’s new virtual desktop link is a Fire TV Cube for businesses.
Instead of relying on hard drives, thin clients like the cube offload most computing power to the cloud and can connect virtual desktops remotely. AWS’ Melissa Stein said the company wants to provide a low-cost option for clients in high employee turnover spaces, like call centers, to provide access to enterprise applications.
“We looked for options and found that the hardware we used for the Amazon Fire TV Cube provided all the resources customers needed to access their cloud-based virtual desktops. So, we built an entirely new software stack for that device, and since we didn’t have to design and build new hardware, we’re passing those savings along to customers.”
The AWS thin clients will cost $195, or $280 bundled with a hub to connect a second monitor, with a monthly $6 management and maintenance fee.
AWS’ thin client is a FireTV Cube that connects desktops
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