British Govt Notice Increases funds dedicated to building its most powerful new supercomputer. The Isambard-AI computer, based at the University of Bristol, has become the nation’s fastest supercomputer with a new £225 million injection, ten times faster than the world’s current fastest machine.
The computer is being built and will be powered by 5,000 artificial intelligence chips from Nvidia, integrated into a supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The goal is to have it operational by the summer of 2024. It operates at over 200 petaflops, which equates to 200 quadrillion (200,000,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second. By comparison, it would take a human 6.3 billion years to make one decision per second to match what a computer wants to accomplish in one second.
The supercomputer is expected to be paired with a Cambridge supercomputer called Dawn, which will use more than 1,000 Intel chips and a water cooling system. The supercomputer will be operational in the next two months.
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