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Google Cloud teams up with Hugging Face to advance AI development

Written by Tue 30 Jan 2024

Google Cloud and Hugging Face

Google Cloud has announced a partnership with machine learning startup, Hugging Face, to facilitate artificial intelligence (AI) software development within its platform. 

Hugging Face and Google will collaborate across open science, open source, cloud, and hardware to empower companies in building their AI capabilities. This collaboration will leverage Hugging Face’s latest open models, as well as Google Cloud’s advanced cloud and hardware features.

Developers can access Google Cloud’s AI-optimised infrastructure, including compute, tensor processing units (TPUs), and graphics processing units (GPUs) to train models, deploy open models, and create innovative generative AI applications.

“This partnership ensures that developers on Hugging Face will have access to Google Cloud’s purpose-built AI platform, Vertex AI, along with our secure infrastructure, which can accelerate the next generation of AI services and applications,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud.

Users can also utilise hardware capabilities available in Google Cloud, like TPU instances, A3 VMs, powered by NVIDIA H100 Tensor Core GPUs, and C3 VMs, powered by Intel Sapphire Rapid CPUs.

“With this new partnership, we will make it easy for Hugging Face users and Google Cloud customers to leverage the latest open models together with leading optimised AI infrastructure and tools from Google Cloud,” said Clement Delangue, CEO at Hugging Face.

The collaboration aims to advance Hugging Face’s mission to make AI more accessible and further Google Cloud’s support for open-source AI ecosystem development. This partnership designates Google Cloud as Hugging Face’s strategic cloud partner and the preferred platform for Hugging Face’s training and inference workloads. 

Vertex AI and GKE will be available in the first half of 2024 as deployment options on the Hugging Face platform.

Google’s AI Initiatives

In the past year, Google has made strides within the AI field by investing in and addressing the challenges of the rapidly evolving technology.

In November, Google said it was allocating up to £1.6 billion ($2 billion) to invest in AI company Anthropic. The investment is expected to position Google as a strong competitor in the AI race. No valuation of Anthropic was reported after Google’s investment announcement.

In October, Google DeepMind, Anthropic, OpenAI, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta published AI safety policy updates. Technology companies hope to boost transparency and encourage the sharing of best practices within the AI community. 

The updates outlined best practices for AI companies, including establishing responsible capability scaling. 

In September, Google launched a Digital Futures Project to address the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI). The Project will support researchers and foster debate on public policy solutions to promote responsible AI development.

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Written by Tue 30 Jan 2024

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