OpenAI Teams up With Oracle to Increase Computing Capacity for ChatGPT

By Trisha Andrada

Jun 13, 2024 02:59 AM EDT

This photograph taken in Mulhouse, eastern France on October 19, 2023, shows the ChatGPT logo reflected in mirrors. (Photo : SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP via Getty Images)

OpenAI and Microsoft have teamed up with Oracle to increase the computing power of the popular artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT.

The three businesses announced the collaboration this week, which would let OpenAI use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with the Microsoft Azure Al platform. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said in a news release on Tuesday, June 11: "OCI will extend Azure's platform and enable OpenAI to continue to scale."

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Up until now, OpenAI has relied solely on Microsoft for its computing requirements. In fact, Microsoft has made a significant investment of $13 billion, acquiring a 49% interest in OpenAI's for-profit arm and securing the exclusive license to the technology it developed.

However, according to The Verge, this Oracle acquisition clarifies that OpenAI needs more computational resources beyond what Microsoft can provide on its own to meet demand and avoid further ChatGPT disruptions.

In a subsequent statement, OpenAI reaffirmed its long-term commitment to Microsoft's cloud services and explained how its new agreement with Oracle will allow it to use Azure's AI platform on OCI's infrastructure for inference and other purposes. Inference involves executing AI models in a production setting using tools like ChatGPT.

OpenAI clarified that their frontier models are pre-trained on supercomputers constructed in collaboration with Microsoft.

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