AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure

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AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure
ActiveExpected to be operational in 1Q 2018[1]
OperatorsNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
LocationUniversity of Tokyo
Architecture2176 Intel Xeon Gold
4352 Nvidia Tesla V100
Power3 MW
Speed550 petaFLOPS FP16
37 petaFLOPS FP64
Cost¥19.5 billion[3]

AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) is a planned supercomputer being built at the University of Tokyo for use in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning.[4][5] It is being built by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. ABCI is expected to be completed in first quarter 2018 with a planned performance of 130 petaFLOPS. Power consumption is targeting 3 megawatts, and a planned power usage effectiveness of 1.1. If performance meets expectations, ABCI would be the second most powerful supercomputer built, surpassing the current leader Sunway TaihuLight's 93 petaflops.[6] But still behind the Summit (supercomputer).


In November 2014 is was announced that a 160 petaFLOPS system will be built for ¥19.5 billion (US$172.4 millionUS$231.8 million), with construction to begin in 2017.[3][7]

In October 2017 Fujitsu got the contract to build a 37 petaFLOPS system for US$44.3 million.[8][9]


The design of the ABCI is to be focused on low precision floating point, big data, and artificial intelligence applications; rather than Linpack performance.[10]


The ABCI is planned to be available to Japanese corporations, small businesses, and researchers; reducing their dependence on foreign cloud computing providers such as Microsoft and Google.[7]


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