As consumer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) applications are rising, Nvidia Corp announced on Monday that it was creating Israel’s most potent AI supercomputer.
The most valuable chip business in the world by market capitalization, Nvidia, predicted that the cloud-based system would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and it only be partially operational by the end of 2023.
Nvidia collaborated with tens of thousands of software engineers and 800 newly developed companies in Israel, according to Nvidia’s senior vice president Gilad Shainer.
One of the fastest AI supercomputers in the world, Israel-1 is anticipated to provide performance of up to eight exaflops of AI computation. One exaflop has the capacity to carry out 1 quintillion computations per second, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Shainer claimed that artificial intelligence was the “most important technology in our lifetime” and that big graphics processing units (GPUs) were required to build AI and generative AI applications.
“Generative AI is going everywhere nowadays. You need to be able to run training on large datasets,” he told British news agency Reuters, saying that Israeli businesses will soon be able to use a supercomputer that they do not currently have. “This system is a large scale system that actually will enable them to do training much quicker, to build frameworks and build solutions that can tackle more complex problems,” he added.
Thousands of Nvidia GPUs were used to build OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The former Mellanox team created the system. In 2019, Intel Corp lost to Nvidia, which acquired Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies for almost $7 billion. Nvidia’s Israeli partners were, according to Shainer, the company’s top goal for the supercomputer. In the future, “We might use this system to work with partners outside of Israel,” he said.
Nvidia announced last week that it had collaborated with the University of Bristol in Britain to develop a new supercomputer that would compete with Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. using a new Nvidia chip.