Nvidia pledges to build Britain’s largest supercomputer

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Nvidia has pledged to build a £40 million supercomputer in Cambridge, weeks after announcing its intention to buy Arm for $40 billion.

The supercomputer, named “Cambridge-1” and intended for artificial intelligence (AI) research in health care, was unveiled by Nvidia founder and Chief Executive Jensen Huang at the company’s GTC 2020 conference.

“The Cambridge-1 supercomputer will serve as a hub of innovation for the UK, and further the ground-breaking work being done by the nation’s researchers in critical healthcare and drug discovery,” said Huang.

Expected to be launched by the end of the year, the Cambridge-1 machine will be the 29th most powerful computer in the world and the most powerful in Britain, according to Nvidia.

Researchers at GSK, AstraZeneca, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust, King’s College London and Oxford Nanopore will be able to use the supercomputer to try to solve medical challenges, including those presented by the coronavirus.

Nvidia said Cambridge-1 will have 400 petaflops of “AI performance” and that it will rank in the top three most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world.