The United Kingdom’s Plans for AI Supercomputers

The Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology announced that the UK will be investing in two new supercomputers to enhance the country’s capabilities in AI. This investment will help to build and connect the new supercomputers, increasing the capacity of AI computing tools in the country by over 30 times.

Additional Funding for AI Research Resource

The UK government has allocated an additional £200 million ($247.5 million) to the AI Research Resource (AIRR), bringing the total investment for the supercomputers to £300 million ($371.3 million). These supercomputers are expected to be made available for use by the summer of 2024.

Supercomputers’ Technical Specifications

The first AI supercomputer, Isambard-AI, will have 5,000 NVIDIA chips and be able to compute 200 quadrillion calculations per second. The UK’s current fastest machine, Isambard-AI will outpace any human in computations. The UK will also bolster its AI abilities with a second supercomputer, Dawn, which is expected to have 1,000 intel chips and water-cooling for improved energy efficiencies.

International Collaboration and the Bletchley Declaration

The UK’s AI Safety Summit has seen support from 28 countries who signed the Bletchley Declaration. This landmark achievement aims to adopt a collective approach to managing AI risks, with the goal of ensuring the long-term future of future generations. Following the signing of the declaration, calls have been made for more actionable steps to reduce AI risks, including the convergence of AI with blockchain technology.

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