nvidiathe renowned chip company, is marking a milestone in the history of technology by developing Israel’s most powerful artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer, known as Israel-1. This initiative comes as a response to the growing demand for AI applications, and promises to revolutionize the technological landscape not only in Israel, but globally.
He Israel-1 It is expected to be partially operational by the end of 2023, and is estimated to provide up to eight exaflops of AI computing power, ranking it among the fastest AI supercomputers in the world. To put this in perspective, a single exaflop can perform a quintillion (that’s 18 zeros) calculations every second.
According to Gilad Shainer, senior vice president at Nvidia, this supercomputer will be a boon to Israel’s burgeoning AI scene. Nvidia already collaborates with 800 startups across the country, involving tens of thousands of software engineers.
Shainer highlighted the crucial role of large graphics processing units (GPUs) in the development of AI and generative AI applications. “Generative AI is going everywhere these days. So you need to be able to run training on large data sets,” he added.
With Israel-1, Israeli companies will have access to a currently non-existent supercomputer resource. This powerful system is expected to speed up training, making it easier to create frameworks and solutions that can handle more complex problems.
An example of what can be accomplished with powerful computing resources is ChatGPT from OpenAI, which was developed using thousands of Nvidia GPUs. This AI, known for its conversational ability, is a testament to the scale of projects that can be accomplished when harnessing powerful computing resources.
Although the main focus of the new supercomputer is Nvidia’s Israeli partners, the company does not rule out extending its reach. Shainer revealed: “We could use this system to work with partners outside of Israel in the future.”
In related news, Nvidia announced a partnership with the University of Bristol in Britain last week. They are collaborating to build a new supercomputer powered by a novel chip from Nvidia. This move positions Nvidia as a competitor to chip giants like Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.