OpenAI is a company that has revolutionized the field of generative artificial intelligence. Creators of chat gpt who can write story, write poetry and write anything asked. But Open AI is going through a big crisis right now. There are not enough chips to run AI technologies. This crisis, which has gripped the global market for a long time, is of great concern to Open AI.
Since last year, the company has been mulling ways to address the shortage of AI chips it needs. The company is also considering making its own AI chip. For this, Open AI is in discussions with companies like Nvidia and other organizations.
Reuters reports that the company is considering acquiring another company to manufacture its own chips. But the company has not taken a final decision in this regard.
Lack of graphic units as a challenge
Sam Altman, the head of Open AI, has stated that the company is focusing more on acquiring more AI chips. Altman also complained about the shortage of graphics processing units. Nvidia accounts for 80 percent of the global market for GPUs. They are also making things suitable for AI needs.
According to the report, the company’s two main concerns are the lack of sophisticated processors to run its AI software, including Chat GPT’s, and the huge cost of running the hardware it requires. Reports suggest that even if the number of queries on Chat GPT rises to 10% of Google search, it will cost more than 5000 crores.
Since 2020, OpenAI has been developing its generative AI techniques on a large supercomputer built by Microsoft, OpenAI’s main investor. 10,000 Nvidia graphics processing units are used in this supercomputer.
Will OpenAI’s own chip see success?
It is unclear whether OpenAI will move forward with plans to build its own chip. Then it becomes a strategic move. And it will require investment of billions of dollars. However, it is estimated that it will not be that easy.
However, the acquisition of a chip manufacturing company could add momentum to this move. A case in point is Amazon’s acquisition of Annapurna Labs in 2015. It is reported that Open AI is also likely to follow this path. One company is being evaluated by OpenAI for this, according to Reuters. The name of the company has not been released.
Even if Open AI’s moves, including acquisitions, materialize, it will still be several years before its own AI chip becomes a reality. Until then, Open AI will have to rely on companies like Nvidia and AMD.
The demand for AI chips has increased since the launch of Chat GPT last year. Special AI chips are required to train and operate AI techniques. One of the companies making useful AI chips is Nvidia. They are now dominating the market.