Technology Record - Issue 32: Spring 2024

29 Microsoft partners with Mistral AI to ‘unlock commercial opportunities’ Microsoft and the French artificial intelligence startup Mistral AI have begun a multiyear partnership to “unlock new commercial opportunities, expand to global markets and foster ongoing research collaboration”. The partnership is focused on three core areas and will “build trustworthy and safe AI systems and products,” says Eric Bord, corporate vice president of the Azure AI Platform at Microsoft. Microsoft will support Mistral AI with Azure AI supercomputing infrastructure to train its large language models (LLM). Mistral AI’s LLMs will be available on Microsoft Azure, marking Mistral AI as the second company to host its LLM on the platform after OpenAI. Mistral Large, the firm’s new AI model, is available via Azure AI Studio and Azure Machine Learning. Plus, the firm’s new multilingual conversational chatbot, Le Chat, will be made available to Microsoft customers. Microsoft and Mistral AI will also explore collaboration around training purposespecific models for select customers. Photo: Bloomberg/Gabby Jones Avanade builds world’s first ecological digital twin Anglian Water, the largest water company in England, has worked with Avanade and Microsoft to develop an ecological digital twin of the River Stiffkey, a chalk stream in Norfolk, UK. The digital twin will turbo-charge the sector’s response to river water quality to meet the evolving needs of customers, wider society and the environment. The solution, which is based on the Microsoft Azure digital platform, is the first digital twin of an ecosystem. Anglian Water hopes that by developing digital twins of river environments it can understand, take action and better protect river health. Photo: Stavros1/M Hobbs Vodafone and Microsoft have signed a 10-year strategic partnership to bring generative artificial intelligence, digital services and the cloud to more than 300 million businesses, public sector organisations, and consumers across Europe and Africa. DID YOU KNOW? A new solution combining NVIDIA’s generative artificial intelligence and Omniverse technologies with the capabilities of Microsoft Azure services has been released alongside others. The NVIDIA graphics processing units are trained on Azure AI infrastructure and are designed to handle the latest large language models. Microsoft will bring the NVIDIA Grace Blackwell 200-based instances to Azure to support its customers and AI services. Microsoft has also made the Azure NC H100 v5 VM series generally available. New Microsoft and NVIDIA solutions to boost AI innovation Photo: NVIDIA