Nvidia pledges to build Britain’s largest supercomputer following ARM deal

Cambridge-I Supercomputer
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Following the announcement that it will buy British rival Arm for $40bn (opens in new tab), Nvidia has pledged to build a $52m supercomputer in Cambridge, England that it plans to make available to healthcare researchers in the UK.

The company's founder and CEO Jensen Huang unveiled the plans for the new supercomputer, named Cambridge-I, at its GTC 2020 (opens in new tab) conference. Huang provided further details on how Cambridge-I will benefit healthcare researchers in the UK in his keynote speech, saying:

“Tackling the world’s most pressing challenges in healthcare requires massively powerful computing resources to harness the capabilities of AI. The Cambridge-1 supercomputer will serve as a hub of innovation for the U.K., and further the groundbreaking work being done by the nation’s researchers in critical healthcare and drug discovery.”

Cambridge-I is expected to launch by the end of this year and the new supercomputer (opens in new tab) will be the 29th most powerful computer in the world as well as the most powerful in Britain according to Nvidia.

Cambridge-I supercomputer

Nvidia's Cambridge-I supercomputer will be an NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD (opens in new tab) system capable of delivering more than 400 petaflops of AI (opens in new tab) performance and 8 petaflops of Linpack performance.

Since Cambridge-I will use Nvidia's DGX SuperPOD system, the supercomputer will be able to be setup in a manner of weeks as it will be powered by 80 of the company's systems that are connected together.

While GSK and AstraZeneca will be the first pharmaceutical companies to harness Cambridge-1 for research, Guy's, St Thomas' NHS Foundation trust, King's College London and Oxford Nanopore Technologies also plan to take advantage of the system.

In the past, Nvidia announced its plans to create an AI Center of Excellence (opens in new tab) in Cambridge that will serve as a hub of collaboration for AI researchers, scientists and startups across the UK. Cambridge-1 will become a part of that Center of Excellence which will expand to include additional supercomputers and support more of the country's industries.

Via CNBC (opens in new tab)

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