Nvidia collaborates on fastest AI supercomputer in academia: Page 2 of 2

July 24, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Nvidia collaborates on fastest AI supercomputer in academia
The University of Florida is to build the most powerful AI supercomputer in a US university using Nvidia technology and funding
to contribute NVIDIA’s expertise to work together to make UF a national leader in AI and help address not only the region’s, but the nation’s challenges.”

The effort aims to help define a research landscape to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as supporting agriculture in a time of climate change, addressing the needs of an aging population, and managing the effects of rising sea levels in a state with more than 1,300 miles of coastline.

The single software platform covers data analytics, AI training and inference acceleration, and recommendation systems. Its multi-modal capabilities combine sound, vision, speech and a contextual understanding.

Nvidia also plans to use the system. Its Deep Learning Institute will collaborate with UF on developing new curriculum and coursework for both students and the community, including programing tuned to address the needs of young adults and teens to encourage their interest in STEM and AI, better preparing them for future educational and employment opportunities.

UF will become the site of the latest NVIDIA AI Technology Center, where UF Graduate Fellows and Nvidia staff will work together on AI technology.

NVIDIA solution architects and product engineers will partner with UF on the installation, operation and optimization of the NVIDIA-based supercomputing resources on campus, including the latest AI software applications.

UF will also make investments all around its new machine, well beyond the $20 million targeted at upgrading their data centre. “It’s been thrilling to watch all this,” said Malachowsky. “It provides a blueprint for how other states can work with their region’s resources to make similar investments that bring their residents the benefits of AI, while bolstering our nation’s competitiveness, capabilities and expertise.”


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