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Monday, May 29, 2023

Nvidia taps into Israeli innovation to build generative AI cloud supercomputer

Nvidia taps into Israeli innovation to build generative AI cloud supercomputer

Chip giant says Israel-1 supercomputer valued at several hundred million dollars is a ‘major investment’ that will boost next-generation AI workloads


Nvidia's HGX supercomputing platform. (Courtesy)

US gaming and computer graphics giant Nvidia said Monday that it will build the nation’s most powerful generative AI cloud supercomputer called Israel-1 which will be based on a new locally developed high-performance ethernet platform.

Valued at several hundred million dollars, Israel-1, which Nvidia said would be one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers, is expected to start early production by the end of 2023.

“AI is the most important technology force in our lifetime,” said Gilad Shainer, Senior Vice President of high performance computing (HPC) and networking at Nvidia. “Israel-1 represents a major investment that will help us drive innovation in Israel and globally.”

AI processes analyze enormous datasets and require both ultra-fast computing performance and massive memory. The rise of generative AI applications and workloads like OpenAI’s ChatGPT present new challenges for networks inside data centers. As a result of the major changes AI cloud systems need to be trained using huge amounts of data.

Announced at the Computex tech exhibition starting this week, Israel-1 will be based on Nvidia’s newly launched Spectrum-X networking platform, a high-performance ethernet architecture purposely built for generative AI workloads. Developed in Israel the platform is tailored to enable data center around the world transition to AI and accelerated computing, using a new class of ethernet connection that is build from the ground up for AI.   .. ' 

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