AI will be used for healthcare research.
Nvidia has announced that it will be building the UK’s most powerful supercomputer that it will make available to healthcare researchers. Using AI, it would hopefully help solve various medical problems that were heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Named the ‘Cambridge-1’, the supercomputer will consist of an Nvidia DGX SupuerPOD system that can offer up to 400 petaflops of AI performance along with 8 petaflops of Linpack performance. This puts the system on the 29th spot on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Nvidia also added that it ranks among the top 3 most energy-efficient supercomputers.
“Tackling the world’s most pressing challenges in healthcare requires massively powerful computing resources to harness the capabilities of AI,” said Jensen Huang, founder, and CEO of NVIDIA, in his GPU Technology Conference keynote. “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.”
The system will be focusing primarily on four key areas that include joint industry research, university-granted compute time, supporting AI startups, and educate future AI practitioners.
Cambridge-1 will soon be part of an AI Center of Excellence that Nvidia is planning to develop with Arm, which it has agreed to acquire for $40 billion.