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Asus rents businesses AI servers

by on02 June 2023

Fixes security worries on cloud

Taiwan's Asus plans to introduce a rental business AI server that will operate on-site to address security concerns and data control issues from cloud-based AI systems.

AFS Appliance, will feature Nvidia chips and run an AI language model called "Formosa" which Asus claims is equivalent to OpenAI's GPT-3.5.

Asus hopes to offer the basic service at about $6,000 per month. Based on an Nvidia DGX AI platform, the highest-powered server will set you back $10,000 a month.

Nvidia's A100 GPUs will power the servers and will be owned and operated by Asus. The company hopes to first provide the service to 30 to 50 enterprise customers in Taiwan, then expand internationally in 2023.

According to Asus, the "Formosa Foundation Model" running on the AFS Appliance is a large language model that generates text with traditional Chinese semantics. TWS, a subsidiary of Asustek, developed it.

Like ChatGPT, it will offer AI-powered text generation and coding capabilities. Despite the growing demand for AI-training chips.

Asus hopes to secure a market share by offering "holistic AI systems" that offer a complete AI solution in a service package. Asus claims that its existing partnership with Nvidia will ensure no supply shortage of Nvidia's chips as the AFS Appliance service rolls out.


Last modified on 02 June 2023
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