SparkDesk, a large language model developed by Chinese voice-recognition company iFlytek, is expected to be benchmarked against GPT-4 in the first half of next year, according to the chairman of iFlytek Liu Qingfeng. Liu made the remarks during an address to the Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum, which is sometimes seen as China’s answer to the Davos World Economic Forum. Liu added that he is “very happy” to share that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, a strategic partner with iFlytek on the LLM, has already matched Nvidia’s cutting-edge A100 chips in terms of GPU ability. Liu stated that Nvidia had held a dominant position in computing power despite the effectiveness of algorithms in China to date, but that the Huawei development would change that dynamic. [IThome, in Chinese]