Nvidia building supercomputer for healthcare research in Britain


  • World
  • Tuesday, 06 Oct 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. computer giant Nvidia Corporation on Monday announced that it is building Britain's most powerful supercomputer, which it will make available to Britain's healthcare researchers using AI to solve pressing medical challenges, including those presented by COVID-19.

Expected to come online by year end, the "Cambridge-1" supercomputer would rank No. 29 on the latest TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the company said.

It will also rank among the world's top 3 most energy-efficient supercomputers on the current Green500 list, according to Nvidia.

Among the first pharmaceutical companies to harness Cambridge-1 for research will be GSK and AstraZeneca. Additionally, researchers from King's College London and Oxford Nanopore Technologies plan to take advantage of the system.

"Tackling the world's most pressing challenges in healthcare requires massively powerful computing resources to harness the capabilities of AI," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia.

"The Cambridge-1 supercomputer will serve as a hub of innovation for the UK, and further the groundbreaking work being done by the nation's researchers in critical healthcare and drug discovery," Huang, a Chinese American entrepreneur, added in his GPU Technology Conference keynote.

Nvidia has previously announced that it intends to create an AI Center of Excellence in Cambridge, featuring a new Arm-based supercomputer, which will serve as a hub of collaboration for AI researchers, scientists and startups in Britain.

Cambridge-1 will become a part of that Center of Excellence, which will expand to include further supercomputers, and support more industries across Britain, Nvidia said.

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