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  • SambaNova system added to Fugaku supercomputer to boost AI performance


     By Sebastian Moss

    AI hardware-as-a-service company SambaNova Systems will deploy one of its supercomputers at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Japan.

    The DataScale system will be paired with Fugaku, the world’s second fastest supercomputer.

    “The provision of SambaNova’s system resources to R-CCS provides a new option for accelerating the integration of HPC simulations and AI with Fugaku,” Professor Satoshi Matsuoka, director of R-CCS, said.

    “The new SambaNova system will boost research into the convergence of HPC and AI, including ultra-high-resolution computer vision for building a digital twin for the Society 5.0 era.”

    R-CCS researchers will use DataScale to develop surrogate models to improve the accuracy of ultra-high-resolution 3D computer vision, including for the inspection of social infrastructure such as highways, and to process ultra-high-resolution image datasets.

    While Fugaku uses 152,064 Fujitsu’s 48-core Arm-based A64FX processor chips, SambaNova has developed its own Reconfigurable Dataflow Unit (RDU) chip, which is only available within the wider DataScale package. The company claims that developing a single hardware and software package optimizes it for AI workloads.

    It previously paired a DataScale system with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Corona supercomputer, and another one of its systems is being tested by Argonne National Laboratory.

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