NVDA: World's fastest AI computer unveiled

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2018/06/08/jensen-huang-speech…

The US Energy Department unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer. CEO Huang spoke at the event. Here are some excerpts of what he said:

Summit is a new breed of computer. Summit is the world’s largest AI supercomputer, a machine that learns — its software will write software — amazing software no human can write.

Summit will simulate the world from existing knowledge, from first principles, while learning to recognize complex patterns, “connecting the dots” in a sea of incomprehensible data to discover new knowledge.

Of course the computer uses NVDA’s Volta Tensor Core GPUs.

Chris

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Oak Ridge lab was always at the forefront of supercomputing. My uncle use to work on that there. Also, molton salt core nuclear reactors, which can be the savior of the world - why is no on talking about this!!

Pete

Oak Ridge lab was always at the forefront of supercomputing. My uncle use to work on that there. Also, molton salt core nuclear reactors, which can be the savior of the world - why is no on talking about this!!

Pete


There are people talking about molten salt reactors, if you look in the right places :slight_smile:

Here are a few links associated with some of the present efforts.

Tons of videos from this documentary maker about molten salt reactors and associated topics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIdM7ABQ8b9FI495vbsHkA

Canadian company that may be closest to commercializing a molten salt reactor:
https://www.terrestrialenergy.com/technology/

Another company that is semi-close, pending their Indonesian aspirations:
http://thorconpower.com/ https://atomicinsights.com/thorcon-demonstrated-molten-salt-…

And an older blog from some nerdy wannabe blogger, who has lapsed into focusing almost exclusively on investing-related discussions and hasn’t followed nuclear power-related issues nearly as closely in recent years (note, same author as this TMF poster, so not offended by the nerdy term) - http://entreprenuclear.blogspot.com/2012/04/3-entreprenuke-b…:slight_smile:
http://entreprenuclear.blogspot.com/2012/04/2-nuclear-innova…

volfan84
long abundant energy without CO2 emissions; short some aspects of the present U.S. regulatory regime and the incentive structures that flow forth from it

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Why we love NVDA, they are inventing the future…

Summit has a remarkable backstory that has shaped the future of computing. Summit is possible today because of four giant bets:

In 2005, we bet our company on a new way to do computing because CPU scaling was going to end and the world needs a path forward. In 2007, we announced the first CUDA GPU.
In 2009, the leaders of Oak Ridge bet their careers and the lab on a then-nascent NVIDIA technology. Then in 2012, we announced Titan, the fastest supercomputer at the time and five times more energy efficient than anything else.
In 2013, IBM, the world’s most important computer systems company, made a big bet on NVIDIA, a then-tiny company, to build its future supercomputers.
In 2014, NVIDIA bet the farm again — this time on a new approach that fuses high-precision computing and deep learning into one architecture — the Volta Tensor Core GPU was born.
These were four “bet-the-farm” decisions that led to Summit.

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They(NVDA, IBM, DOE) are building a second super computer SIERRA as well.

https://computation.llnl.gov/computers/sierra

It will be the second fastest after SUMMIT.

Re: “Summit is a new breed of computer. Summit is the world’s largest AI supercomputer, a machine that learns — its software will write software — amazing software no human can write.

The first time I pitched Nvidia to several of my fellow investors on one of the Motley Fool boards, I jokingly mentioned that Nvidia is the company that makes Skynet possible.
https://youtu.be/4DQsG3TKQ0I

It’s interest to read about how many of today’s visionaries worry about the possibility of Skynet and who will be responsible for creating it… Names like Google, Facebook, etc. all rise to the top of the list.

You’d think that anytime Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates are all raising the same warning about A.I.—as all of them are—it would be a 10-alarm fire.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/elon-musk-billion-do…

Anyway, the idea of machines communicating with other machines and writing their own code does sound like something out of science fiction even though it is already starting to happen. It won’t change my decision to invest in Nvidia but does cause one to side a little with Elon Musk and his worries about AI.

“At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die,” Musk added. “But for an AI there would be no death. It would live forever, and then you’d have an immortal dictator, from which we could never escape.” And, this hypothetical AI-dictator wouldn’t even have to be evil to pose a threat to humans, Musk added. All it has to be is determined. “If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings,” Musk said. “It’s just like, if we’re building a road, and an anthill happens to be in the way. We don’t hate ants, we’re just building a road. So, goodbye, anthill.”
https://www.livescience.com/62239-elon-musk-immortal-artific…

Take care,

VR_Robear

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Anyway, the idea of machines communicating with other machines and writing their own code does sound like something out of science fiction even though it is already starting to happen.

If it is so simple to have an AI write code, couldn’t anyone be doing it? Today?

Practically speaking, Nvidia has hundreds of engineering writing code, writing libraries, optimizing them by hand “in order” to make AI work. Most of AI algorithms are embarrassingly brute force and are more “A” than “I” when you analyse them.

Does no one notice that this so-called AI-dictator would need to get electricity? Where would that come from? Or that it would require more and more memory capacity. These things don’t just appear – humans get them and create them. It makes a create scifi movie to imagine robots doing all these things…but still very far fetched

Mike

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