Britain Plans to Spend $300 Million on AI Supercomputing

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Britain Plans to Spend $300 Million on AI Supercomputing
Britain Plans to Spend $300 Million on AI Supercomputing

The British government said during an AI safety summit that funding for the “AI Research Resource” will be multiplied by 300 million pounds.

Britain announced on Wednesday that it will increase funding for two supercomputers to promote research into making advanced artificial intelligence models safe.

The government said during an AI safety summit aimed at mapping a safe path forward for the rapidly expanding technology that funding for the “AI Research Resource” will be expanded to 300 million pounds ($363.57 million) from the previously planned 100 million pounds.

“Frontier AI models are becoming exponentially more powerful,” claimed British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on social media.

“This investment will make sure Britain’s scientific talent has the tools they need to make the most advanced models of AI safe.”

Britain announced two new supercomputers, one in Cambridge and one in Bristol, that would provide researchers with resources more than thirty times the capacity of the country’s existing largest public AI computing tools.

The machines will be used to analyze complex AI models to assess safety features as well as to promote advances in medicine development and clean energy, according to the government.

The “Isambard-AI” supercomputer in Bristol will have 5,000 advanced AI chips from Nvidia, while the “Dawn” machine in Cambridge will be provided through a cooperation with Dell and UK SME StackHPC and powered by more than 1,000 Intel chips, according to Britain.

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