Meta launches one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world – ICT news

Meta (Facebook) has commissioned in the United States one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world for its research in artificial intelligence, which will be used in particular to progress towards the metaverse, he announced on Monday.

The RSC (Research Super Cluster) will notably enable Meta to use the data from its various platforms, first and foremost Facebook, to train artificial intelligence engines in the field of language or image processing in particular.

“While our previous artificial intelligence research infrastructure only used open-source data and other publicly available datasets,” RSC will “allow the use of real-world examples from” Meta’s platforms, the report said. group.

“This is the first time that performance, reliability, security and privacy have been considered on such a scale,” Meta said. AI engines are trained by ingesting huge amounts of data – for example text for language processing models, or video images for machine vision models.

The RSC will eventually be able to train artificial intelligence engines taking into account “more than a trillion parameters”, in data sets reaching “1 exabyte”, the equivalent of “36,000 years of video in high definition,” according to Meta. The machine should make it possible to build systems offering “real-time translation for many people speaking different languages, allowing them to work together simultaneously (…) or to play an augmented reality game together”, detailed the American group.

It “will pave the way to build technologies for the next great digital platform, the metaverse, where applications and products using artificial intelligence will play an important role,” he added. The metaverse, a favorite project of Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg, designates a digital world doubling the physical world, where Internet users can interact with each other regardless of their geographical position.

According to Meta engineers, the power of the RSC places it today at the level of the American Perlmutter, the 5th supercomputer in the world in terms of computing power, according to the TOP500 list which is a reference in the matter. With the planned improvements, it will become “to our knowledge the most powerful artificial intelligence supercomputer in the world”, according to Meta.

The RSC (Research Super Cluster) will allow Meta to use the data from its various platforms, first and foremost Facebook, to train artificial intelligence engines in the field of language or image processing in particular. While our previous artificial intelligence research infrastructure only used open data and other publicly available datasets, RSC will “allow the use of real-world examples from” Meta’s platforms, the group said. “This is the first time that performance, reliability, security and privacy have been considered on such a scale,” Meta said. Artificial intelligence engines are trained by ingesting huge amounts of data – for example text for language processing models, or video images for machine vision models. RSC will eventually be able to train engines of artificial intelligence taking into account “more than a trillion parameters”, in data sets reaching “1 exabyte”, the equivalent of “36,000 years of high definition video”, according to Meta. The machine should make it possible to build systems offering “real-time translation for many people speaking different languages, allowing them to work together simultaneously (…) or to play an augmented reality game together”, detailed the American group. It “will pave the way to build technologies for the next great digital platform, the metaverse, where applications and products using artificial intelligence will play an important role,” he added. The metaverse, a favorite project of Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg, designates a digital world doubling the physical world, where Internet users can interact with each other regardless of their geographical position. According to Meta engineers, the power of RSC the ranks today at the level of the American Perlmutter, the 5th supercomputer in the world in terms of computing power, according to the TOP500 list which is a benchmark in this area. With the planned improvements, it will become “to our knowledge the most powerful artificial intelligence supercomputer in the world”, according to Meta.

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