December 5, 2023

The UK is spending £225 million to build a supercomputer ten times faster than its current fastest machine.

The British government has AnnounceIt increased funding to build its new, more powerful supercomputer. The University of Bristol’s Isambard AI computer will be upgraded for an additional £225 million to ensure it will be the country’s fastest supercomputer, making it ten times faster than the country’s current fastest machine.

The computer is under construction and will be powered by 5,000 advanced AI chips from Nvidia, all integrated into a Hewlett Packard Enterprise supercomputer. The goal is to have it up and running by summer 2024 and it is said to be capable of delivering more than 200 petaflops, which equates to 200 quadrillion (200,000,000,000,000,000) calculations per second. By comparison, a human would have to make a decision every second for 6.3 billion years to achieve what a computer hopes to achieve in one second.

This supercomputer will also be connected to a Cambridge supercomputer called Dawn, which will use more than 1,000 Intel chips and a water cooler. This supercomputer will be operational within the next two months.


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