Tuesday, July 6th 2021

NVIDIA Launches UK's Most Powerful Supercomputer

NVIDIA today officially launched Cambridge-1, the United Kingdom's most powerful supercomputer, which will enable top scientists and healthcare experts to use the powerful combination of AI and simulation to accelerate the digital biology revolution and bolster the country's world-leading life sciences industry. Dedicated to advancing healthcare, Cambridge-1 represents a $100 million investment by NVIDIA. Its first projects with AstraZeneca, GSK, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, King's College London and Oxford Nanopore Technologies include developing a deeper understanding of brain diseases like dementia, using AI to design new drugs and improving the accuracy of finding disease-causing variations in human genomes.

Cambridge-1 brings together decades of NVIDIA's work in accelerated computing, AI and life sciences, where NVIDIA Clara and AI frameworks are optimized to take advantage of the entire system for large-scale research. An NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD supercomputing cluster, it ranks among the world's top 50 fastest computers and is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
Cambridge-1 builds on the U.K.'s status as a global leader in life sciences, technology and AI by providing advanced infrastructure for current and future generations to carry out groundbreaking research within the country. According to a report by Frontier Economics, an economics consulting firm, Cambridge-1 has the potential to create an estimated value of £600 million (about $825 million) over the next 10 years.

About Cambridge-1

Cambridge-1 is the first NVIDIA supercomputer designed and built for external research access. The company will collaborate with researchers to make much of this work available to the greater scientific community.

Featuring 80 DGX A100 systems integrating NVIDIA A100 GPUs, BlueField -2 DPUs and NVIDIA HDR InfiniBand networking, Cambridge-1 is an NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD that delivers more than 400 petaflops of AI performance and 8 petaflops of Linpack performance. The system is located at a facility operated by NVIDIA partner Kao Data.

Cambridge-1 is the first supercomputer NVIDIA has dedicated to advancing industry-specific research in the U.K. The company also intends to build an AI Center for Excellence in Cambridge featuring a new Arm-based supercomputer, which will support more industries across the country.

You can read more about the specific use cases at the link below.
Source: NVIDIA
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11 Comments on NVIDIA Launches UK's Most Powerful Supercomputer

#1
lynx29
Would be interesting to see what supercomputers have accomplished in the past that is relevant to advancement of health or science... I feel like there is not very much transparency when it comes to actual results. I mean take for example climate modeling, they have loads of super computers working on this stuff over the decades, and they still can't predict the temp half way decently where I live... so I mean...

Interesting though they are focusing on dementia... I hope they find a breakthrough, I have a neighbor who has dementia. It's pretty sad to watch.
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AsRock
TPU addict
They hoping or some thing this will allow them to get there sticky fingers on Arm ( unless i missed some thing and they already have it ).

Found it funny due to saying in the UK, they could not include Briton.
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Anymal
lynx29Would be interesting to see what supercomputers have accomplished in the past that is relevant to advancement of health or science... I feel like there is not very much transparency when it comes to actual results. I mean take for example climate modeling, they have loads of super computers working on this stuff over the decades, and they still can't predict the temp half way decently where I live... so I mean...

Interesting though they are focusing on dementia... I hope they find a breakthrough, I have a neighbor who has dementia. It's pretty sad to watch.
While you can only watch, they do something about that.
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z1n0x
AsRockThey hoping or some thing this will allow them to get there sticky fingers on Arm ( unless i missed some thing and they already have it ).

Found it funny due to saying in the UK, they could not include Briton.
It will be extremely stupid to exchange ARM for one Supercomputer, and weak one at that.
They have not, there are multiple objections to the deal.
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lynx29
AnymalWhile you can only watch, they do something about that.
I've often asked myself, what is life if we have no memories? What is life if we don't remember memories from ten years ago? What if we forget we had lunch yesterday? Seems common. So what is life if it's not tied into memories?

Seems like an interesting thought experiment to think about... or create some thought experiments I mean on that premise... perhaps we are cocooned still, and someday we will be a butterfly, and finally have an answer.
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#6
Vayra86
lynx29Would be interesting to see what supercomputers have accomplished in the past that is relevant to advancement of health or science... I feel like there is not very much transparency when it comes to actual results. I mean take for example climate modeling, they have loads of super computers working on this stuff over the decades, and they still can't predict the temp half way decently where I live... so I mean...

Interesting though they are focusing on dementia... I hope they find a breakthrough, I have a neighbor who has dementia. It's pretty sad to watch.
Aren't mRNA vaccines developed in big part because of all those folding projects?
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#7
Jism
You dont tell me this is not widely used by goverment or national security based instances, to crack encryption or so.
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#8
ThrashZone
Hi,
And it will be mining for nvidia lol
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Nated4wgy
z1n0xIt will be extremely stupid to exchange ARM for one Supercomputer, and weak one at that.
They have not, there are multiple objections to the deal.
Not only that but I'm sure a deal on this sort of scale would have been years in the making. Way before Nvidia put anything forward to buy ARM.
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Anymal
They didnt invest 100mil just to rub UK.
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Franzen4Real
lynx29Interesting though they are focusing on dementia... I hope they find a breakthrough, I have a neighbor who has dementia. It's pretty sad to watch.
lynx29I've often asked myself, what is life if we have no memories? What is life if we don't remember memories from ten years ago? What if we forget we had lunch yesterday? Seems common. So what is life if it's not tied into memories?
No matter what tech company's name is attached, this is an incredibly important project. As someone that is living through a parent with dementia, I just wanted to give you a sincere thank you for taking a moment to contemplate how it impacts the lives of those dealing with the disorder.
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