NEWS25 January 2022

Meta aims to build the world’s fastest AI supercomputer

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US – Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is building a supercomputer known as the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) and help build for the metaverse.

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The RSC, described as “among the fastest AI supercomputers running today”, will help the company to build new and better AI models, work across hundreds of different languages and develop augmented reality tools. It is expected to be fully built-out and ready for use by this summer.

AI can currently perform tasks such as translating text between languages and helping identify potentially harmful content, but developing the next generation of AI will require powerful supercomputers capable of quintillions of operations per second.

Ultimately, the work done with RSC will pave the way toward building technologies for the next major computing platform – the metaverse, where AI-driven applications and products will play an important role.

According to a statement released by the company, in order to fully realise the benefits of advanced AI, “various domains, whether vision, speech, language, will require training increasingly large and complex models, especially for critical use cases like identifying harmful content. In early 2020, we decided the best way to accelerate progress was to design a new computing infrastructure, RSC.”