Facebook integrated a supercomputer that will be the fastest in the world

It is called the AI ​​Research SuperCluster (RSC). It’s the latest little gem from Meta, Facebook’s parent company, which announced the news on its site on Monday, January 24. The goal with this supercomputer is to have the fastest artificial intelligence (AI) in the world. And that should be the case this summer, report to the Wall Street Journal, once it is finally finished. For now, it is the fifth fastest in the world, with 6,080 graphics processing units (GPUs) from Nvidia. A work carried out with the collaboration of Penguin Computing and Pure Storage. But, in mid-2022, it will be equipped with 16,000 graphics processors, and will, in fact, be the undisputed number one.

Hundreds of people worked on this project for two years, often working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, says the American newspaper. “The experiments we conduct for the metaverse yield enormous computing power, and RSC will enable the creation of new AI models that can learn from billions of examples, understand hundreds of languages, and more. “, explained Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, in a press release sent to the Wall Street Journal.

Moreover, the cost and location of the project are secret. But the supercomputer will allow meticulous calculations to be made at lightning speed, the processors being able to operate at the same time. “We think this will really unlock an AI that will understand the world around us much better. […]. We want to have an artificial intelligence that is much more sensitive to context, which understands all the subtleties”, rejoices Jérôme Pesenti, vice-president of the AI ​​service at Meta.

Facebook needs this computer megastructure, with the most advanced performance possible, in order to process all the data processed. The supercomputer should be used for research, to advance the business. The AI ​​Research SuperCluster must be able to think like a human brain, understand situations, artificial intelligence models in hundreds of languages, images, videos, a set of texts. Enough to create state-of-the-art augmented reality tools.

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