AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure

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AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure
Active Expected to be operational in 1Q 2018[1]
Sponsors Fujitsu[2]
Operators National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Location University of Tokyo
Architecture 2176 Intel Xeon Gold
4352 nVidia Tesla V100
Power 3 MW
Speed 550 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).

History[edit]

Bidding for ABCI design and construction is expected to close in December 2016, with construction to begin in 2017.[7]

In October 11, 2017 it was announced that Fujitsu got the contract for building ABCI.[8]

Design[edit]

The design of the ABCI is to be focused on low precision floating point, big data, and artificial intelligence applications; rather than Linpack performance.[9]

Projects[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.itri.aist.go.jp/events/sc2016/pdf/P06-ABCI.pdf?platform=hootsuite
  2. ^ Russell, John (10 October 2017). "Fujitsu Tapped to Build 37-Petaflops ABCI System for AIST". HPC Wire. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. ^ David, Eric (25 November 2016). "Japan plans to build the fastest deep learning supercomputer". Silicon Angle. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ Moody, Glyn (25 November 2016). "Japan plans 130-petaflop China-beating number-crunching supercomputer". Ars Technica. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ Sayer, Peter (25 November 2016). "Japan aims for superefficient supercomputer by 2017". Computer World. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ Doran, Temujin; Scott, Katy (31 July 2017). "Japan is building the fastest supercomputer ever made". CNN. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ a b Jones, Rhett (26 November 2016). "Japan Throws Down The Gauntlet With Plan For World's Fastest Supercomputer". Gizmodo. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. ^ Michael Feldman (2017-10-11). "Fujitsu to Build Japan's Fastest Supercomputer". top500.org. Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  9. ^ Brueckner, Rich (25 November 2016). "Japan to Build 130 Petaflop ABCI Supercomputer". InsideHPC. Retrieved 25 November 2016.