Meta hires several AI engineers from Graphcore

Meta Platforms has hired an Oslo-based team that until late last year was building artificial-intelligence networking technology at UK-based Graphcore, Reuters news report said.
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A Meta spokesperson confirmed the hirings.

Reuters identified 10 people whose LinkedIn profiles said they worked at Graphcore until December 2022 or January 2023 and subsequently joined Meta in February or March of this year.

“We recently welcomed a number of highly-specialized engineers in Oslo to our infrastructure team at Meta. They bring deep expertise in the design and development of supercomputing systems to support AI and machine learning at scale in Meta’s data centers,” said Jon Carvill, the Meta spokesperson.

The move helps the social media giant’s bid to improve how its data centers handle AI work, as it races to cope with demand for AI-oriented infrastructure from teams across the company looking to build new features.

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, has become increasingly reliant on AI technology to target advertising, select posts for its apps’ feeds and purge banned content from its platforms.

It is now rushing to join competitors like Microsoft and Google in releasing generative AI products capable of creating human-like writing, art and other content, which investors see as the next big growth area for tech companies.

The 10 employees’ job descriptions on LinkedIn indicated the team had worked on AI-specific networking technology at Graphcore, which develops computer chips and systems optimized for AI work.

Graphcore closed its Oslo office as part of a broader restructuring announced in October last year as it struggled to make inroads against U.S.-based firms like Nvidia and AMD which dominate the market for AI chips.

Meta already has an in-house unit designing several kinds of chips aimed at speeding up and maximizing efficiency for its AI work, including a network chip that performs a sort of air traffic control function for servers.

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