Meta is reportedly building the world’s fastest AI supercomputer

We are lowkey terrified.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Apr 6, 2022

Meta Platforms is developing an artificial intelligence supercomputer that, once fully operational, might be the fastest in the world. There is a widespread assumption that regulating posts from billions of users is a daunting undertaking, but Facebook is certain that artificial intelligence will make it easier. And it’s for this reason that Facebook’s parent business is working toward a single goal, creating its own supercomputer.


Meta’s new AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) is a supercomputer designed specifically for AI research. The supercomputer in question has been under development for the past two years and Facebook hopes that with the new supercomputers, they will be able to produce powerful AI software with advanced capabilities. This is something that could be beneficial for recognizing less-than-pleasant content, such as hate speech.


Supercomputers, which consist of interconnected processors clumped into what are known as nodes, have become increasingly popular and powerful in recent years, due to AI research. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Summit, which is supposedly the fastest supercomputer in the U.S., and the second fastest in the world, has supported investigations into topics like unknown proteins. A lot of prominent IT corporations have their own supercomputers that they employ for a variety of purposes. Microsoft and Nvidia, to mention a few, are tech behemoths that employ them.


According to a blog post, Meta’s AI Research SuperCluster will be among the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world by the middle of the year, and perhaps the fastest. It’s being trained for research using natural language processing and computer vision, and the business says it might one day train models with “trillions of parameters.” It is using 760 DGX A100 systems from Nvidia for a total of 6,080 GPUs. An NVIDIA Quantum 200 Gb/s InfiniBand two-level Clos fabric connects the GPUs.


In its blog post, Meta shared:


“Developing the next generation of advanced AI will require powerful new computers capable of quintillions of operations per second. Today, Meta is announcing that we’ve designed and built the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) — which we believe is among the fastest AI supercomputers running today and will be the fastest AI supercomputer in the world when it’s fully built out in mid-2022. Our researchers have already started using RSC to train large models in natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision for research, with the aim of one day training models with trillions of parameters.”


Additionally, Meta Platforms was rumored to be looking into the possibility of minting and selling NFTs on Facebook and Instagram.


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