Atos partners with University of Oxford on largest AI supercomputer in the UK
Atos, a French-headquartered, global leader in digital transformation, has signed a four-year contract worth £5 million with the University of Oxford to develop a new artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer.
This will be the largest AI-focused supercomputer in the UK, enabling UK academics and industry to drive forward scientific discoveries and innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
It aims to build on the success of the current JADE1 (Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour) facility, a resource led by the University of Oxford, providing advanced GPU computing facilities to AI and machine learning experts from a consortium of eight UK universities and the Alan Turing Institute. The JADE2 supercomputer, to be hosted at the STFC Hartree Centre near Warrington, will be built on NVIDIA DGX systems, and uses the DDN A3I storage solution. It will more than triple the capacity of the original JADE machine.
Professor Wes Armour at the University of Oxford said:
“The successful delivery of JADE has created more demand among UK researchers and industry for powerful computing facilities which can accommodate high end, data intensive AI workloads. Building on the success of the JADE collaboration with Atos, and by significantly expanding the JADE consortium’s computing capacity, the new Deep Learning supercomputer supplied by Atos will allow us to meet this demand and help many institutions to make some potentially ground-breaking discoveries. It will cement JADE’s status as the de facto national computing facility for academic AI research.”
Alison Kennedy, Director, STFC Hartree Centre said:
“We are pleased that the delivery and hosting of this cutting-edge JADE-2 hardware and the resultant increase in capability will support the development and expansion of research computing skills across industry and academia. This aligns directly with the Hartree Centre’s mission and we are delighted to continue the collaboration with Atos and Oxford University which builds upon the previous success of JADE.”
Agnès Boudot, Senior Vice President, Head of HPC & Quantum at Atos, concluded:
“We are proud to be working with the University of Oxford on the delivery of JADE2, which will provide researchers and industry with more computing power to enable new scientific breakthroughs and innovation in machine learning and AI. We believe this high-performance system, coupled with our expertise, will help the UK to address key AI and machine learning challenges, while supporting the UK’s ambition to be a world-leader in these areas.”
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