Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook, announced on Monday that its research team has built one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence supercomputers slated to become the fastest in the world.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
Meta, which announced the news in a blog post Monday, said its research team currently is using the supercomputer to train AI models in natural-language processing and computer vision for research. The aim is to boost capabilities to one day train models with more than a trillion parameters on data sets as large as an exabyte, which is roughly equivalent to 36,000 years of high-quality video.
Meta CEO Zuckerberg told the Journal that “The experiences we’re building for the metaverse require enormous compute power…and RSC will enable new AI models that can learn from trillions of examples, understand hundreds of languages, and more.”
Jerome Pesenti, vice president of AI at Meta, said in a recent interview that the supercomputer is an “order of magnitude larger” than what’s currently available to researchers and will “really unlock an AI that just understands the world around you much, much better.”
The massive power of the new system will be used to help examine the “massive treasure trove” of user data collected by all of Meta’s properties — Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp — says Bill Gropp, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
According to the Journal, “eventually the supercomputer will help Meta’s researchers build AI models that can work across hundreds of languages, analyze text, images and video together and develop augmented reality tools.”