Nvidia to help University of Florida build world’s fastest AI based-supercomputer

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Nvidia partners with University of Florida to build world’s fastest 700 Petaflops artificial intelligence-based supercomputer

Nvidia is going places with its new A100 GPUs. Just last week it announced Selene supercomputer with new A100 GPUs and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects that can deliver 1 exaflop, putting it to the 7th spot among the top 10 supercomputer performance rankings worldwide.

Today, University of Florida announced that it was collaborating with Nvidia to build the world’s fastest artificial intelligence-based supercomputer in the field of higher knowledge. The university claimed that the new Supercomputer will offer 700 petaflops of AI performance to “tackle some of the world’s most formidable challenges.”

Nvidia is collaborating with the University of Florida for this $70 million supercomputer. Nvidia will provide its new A100 GPUs for the setup as well as fund $25 million for the hardware. Nvidia co-founder, Chris Malachowsky who is also UF alumnus, will donate $25 million for the initiative in his personal capacity.

The initiative is anchored by a $50 million gift — $25 million from UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky and $25 million in hardware, software, training and services from NVIDIA, the Silicon Valley-based technology company he cofounded and a world leader in AI and accelerated computing.

University of Flordia blog post

The UF website says that the third-generation HiPerGator will run on NVIDIA’s most advanced AI software and integrate 140 NVIDIA DGX A100 systems with 1,120 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and high-performance NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand networking to deliver 700 petaflops of AI performance.

UF says that the new AI based-supercomputer will be “catapult UF’s research strength to address some of the world’s most formidable challenges, create unprecedented access to AI training and tools for underrepresented communities, and build momentum for transforming the future of the workforce. Along with an additional $20 million investment from UF, the initiative will create an AI-centric data center that houses the world’s fastest AI supercomputer in higher education.”

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