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By Economy Middle East
October 11, 2022 3:50 pm

MBZUAI pioneers AI technologies by launching a new supercomputer

As part of the university's efforts to advance UAE’s national strategy for AI
The Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence campus (Image credit: MBZUAI)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced it is building a new supercomputer for Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), a university dedicated solely to AI, to accelerate AI-driven scientific discovery and advance the UAE’s goal to be a global AI leader. HPE’s robust supercomputing and AI technologies will significantly enhance the university’s ability to run complex AI models with extremely large data sets and increase predictability in research analyses in fields including energy, transportation, and the environment.

The new supercomputer will help MBZUAI support the UAE’s National Strategy for AI, bringing together the power of academia, government, and industry to strengthen the country’s global competitiveness. The advanced supercomputing and AI technologies will also expand resources for larger projects to allow MBZUAI to attract global talent and create new economic and societal opportunities for the UAE.

MBZUAI’s new Campus Super Computing Center (CSCC), where the new supercomputer will be housed, will enable faculty members, researchers, and students to accelerate scientific discovery in many areas, including healthcare, structural engineering, law enforcement, supply chain, and sustainability. In addition to meeting the research needs of the faculty and students, the new supercomputer will help MBZUAI fulfill its role as an AI talent developer and innovation hub that brings together the business community to drive entrepreneurship in the AI sector.

In addition, the new supercomputer will deliver end-to-end technologies, based on the HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 Plus, which is purpose-built for AI and analytics workloads, in addition to modeling and simulation workloads that are critical to scientific research. As part of the design, HPE will feature 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ processors delivering advanced computational performance, and 384 and 384 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs for accelerated computing to target AI model development, training, and inferencing.

Moreover, to support AI training needs that require processing and storing large quantities of data, HPE will also deliver four petabytes of storage using HPE’s Cray Clusterstor E1000 parallel storage system, which is built for large-scale systems, to enable expanded storage capacity. Additionally, with the new supercomputer’s design, MBZUAI will gain sophisticated liquid-cooling capabilities from HPE to efficiently remove heat from high-power devices, including CPUs, GPUs, memory, and switches.

Supercomputing is vital to delivering AI-at-scale, and driving global innovation, industry competitiveness, and economic growth. From accelerating vaccine discovery to fighting a pandemic, and advancing clean energy systems to increase sustainability, to enabling new possibilities in AI, supercomputing is a core technology to solving the world’s most challenging scientific and engineering challenges.