China Now Has The Largest Language Model With WuDao 2.0
Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) developed the largest language model, WuDao 2.0, with 1.75 trillion parameters supporting English and Chinese. Google had earlier claimed the top spot for the largest language model with its Switch Transformer, a 1.6-trillion parameter model, when it introduced its supremacy in January 2021.
Apache Spark 3.0 support in Azure Synapse Analytics
Starting May 25th 2021, the Apache Spark 3.0 runtime is now available in Azure Synapse. This version builds on top of existing open source and Microsoft specific enhancements to include additional unique improvements listed below. The combination of these enhancements results in a significantly faster processing capability than the open-source Spark 3.0.2 and 2.4.