Huawei Open-Source Computing
A Huawei logo is pictured at the annual Huawei Connect event in Shanghai (Photo: Reuters / Aly Song)

To bolster its growing software and hardware ecosystem, Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced that it will be making a huge investment to support third-party developers. The company announced on Wednesday that it will be investing around $1.5 billion aimed at cultivating more developers to help it grow its open-source computing platform.

The planned investment, which had been increased from the previously announced $1.3 million, will be used to financially support developers that want to build next-generation applications and solution on Huawei's platform. The move is part of Huawei's broader strategy to build a more open computing ecosystem. This, in turn, is part of Huawei's ambitious goal of establishing a more "fully connected" and "intelligent" world.

Huawei's rotating chairman, Hu Houkun, elaborated on the companies plan and stated that no one company can establish an open industry on their own. For this reason, Huawei is looking to third-party and independent developers to help grow a healthy and open computing ecosystem. Huawei apparently believes that establishing an open ecosystem is only achievable through global collaboration.

Huawei aims to tackle the problem through a computing strategy with very specific and gradual steps. The first part is architecture innovation in building all-scenario processors. Hardware will become the basic building block of Huawei's planned open computing industry.

Over the past few years, Huawei has created and released several families of processors for different uses and industries. These include the company's Kungpeng processors for general computing purposes, its Ascend processors for AI-focused computing, its Honghu processors for smart screens, and its Kirin processors for smart portable devices.

While the hardware part of the company's plan is already laid out, the company still plans to further innovate and to hopefully release more processors for other uses and scenarios. Huawei does not plan to sell the processors as standalone products.

The company will instead include these components in products such as AI servers, modules, and accelerator cards. Huawei hopes to offer these products to its partners so that they can come up with their own products and solutions.

Huawei mentioned that it doesn't have any plans to capitalize on the software for its various hardware products. Instead, the company plans to have all of its software be open source.

This will apparently include software such as operating systems, AI development frameworks, and databases. Huawei hopes that the strategy will accelerate its partners' and other developers' ability to develop better commercial software for global consumers.