Bletchley Park was a codebreaking facility throughout World Battle II.
The U.Okay. authorities stated Wednesday that it’s going to make investments £225 million, or $273 million, into a synthetic intelligence supercomputer, highlighting the nation’s ambition to steer within the expertise because it races to catch as much as the U.S. and China.
The College of Bristol will construct the supercomputer, known as Isambard-AI after the nineteenth century British engineer Isambard Brunel. The announcement coincided with the primary day of the U.Okay.’s AI security summit, which is being held in Bletchley Park.
The U.Okay. authorities stated Isambard-AI would be the most superior laptop in Britain and as soon as full, it will likely be “10 occasions quicker than the U.Okay.’s present quickest machine.” The pc will pack 5,448 GH200 Grace Hopper Superchips, highly effective AI chips made by U.S. semiconductor big Nvidia, which focuses on high-performance computing functions.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the American IT big, will assist construct the pc, with goals to ultimately join it to a newly introduced Cambridge supercomputer known as Daybreak. That laptop, constructed by Dell and U.Okay. agency StackPC, might be powered by greater than 1,000 Intel chips that use water-cooling to cut back energy consumption. It’s anticipated to begin working within the subsequent two months.
The U.Okay. authorities hopes the 2 mixed supercomputers will obtain breakthroughs in fusion vitality, well being care and local weather modeling.
The machines might be up and working beginning in summer season 2024, the federal government stated, and can assist researchers analyze superior AI fashions to check security options and drive breakthroughs in drug discovery and clear vitality.
The federal government beforehand earmarked £1 billion to put money into the semiconductor trade in an try to safe the nation’s chip provides and cut back its dependence on East Asia for essentially the most commercially essential microchips.