Meta is building a new AI supercomputer, called the AI Research SuperCluster

The future of computing and the world we are headed to depends on supercomputers as it will allow businesses to build their profitable offerings and operate more efficiently. These advancements could significantly transform a country’s economic, military, and geopolitical standing. This explains why big tech are in a panicked race to be the first ones to explore this field.

Meta has announced that it has designed and built the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) — which it believes is among the fastest AI supercomputers running today and will be the fastest AI supercomputer in the world when it’s fully built out in mid-2022.  Its researchers have already started using RSC to train large models in natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision for research, with the aim of one day training models with trillions of parameters.

“Meta has developed what we believe is the world’s fastest AI supercomputer,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a statement. “We’re calling it RSC for AI Research SuperCluster and it’ll be complete later this year.”

RSC will help Meta’s AI researchers build new and better AI models that can learn from trillions of examples; work across hundreds of different languages; seamlessly analyze text, images, and video together; develop new augmented reality tools; and much more. Meta says this will ultimately pave the way towards building technologies for the next major computing its platform — the metaverse, where AI-driven applications and products will play an important role.

We hope RSC will help us build entirely new AI systems that can, for example, power real-time voice translations to large groups of people, each speaking a different language, so they can seamlessly collaborate on a research project or play an AR game together,” Meta engineers Kevin Lee and Shubho Sengupta said in a blog post.

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