Meta Building Fastest AI Supercomputer in Metaverse Push

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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Mark Zuckerberg says its research team is building a new artificial intelligence computer that will soon be the world’s fastest.

A New AI Behemoth

On Monday, Meta Platforms Inc. announced a new supercomputer designed to train machine learning systems, the AI Research SuperCluster. According to the tech giant, the new computer, dubbed RSC, is already the fifth fastest in the world. By the time it is completed, the company expects it will take the top spot.

CEO Zuckerberg said the RSC is the result of two years of work conducted by its AI and research teams. He expects it to play a vital part in shaping the metaverse.

The metaverse, a simulated environment that blends virtual reality, augmented reality, and the blockchain, is Meta’s priority.

“The experiences we’re building for the metaverse require enormous computing power (quintillions of operations/second!) and RSC will enable new AI models that can learn from trillions of examples, understand hundreds of languages, and more,” he said in a statement.

Meta researchers Kevin Lee and Shubho Sengupta say the RSC is up and running, but there is still work ongoing. In a blog post, they wrote that the supercomputer’s current 6,080 GPUs will almost triple as the year goes on. This will significantly boost its performance. Right now, the RSC is already twenty times faster than Meta’s current supercomputer.

With AI technology on the rise, companies are staking their claims. In 2020, Microsoft launched a massive 10,000 GPU supercomputer for AI work. A year later, NVIDIA announced the UK’s most powerful supercomputer - a machine the chip maker built for AI and healthcare research.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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