Accelerating AI research and development, demonstration, and implementation in society through industry-government-academia collaboration
Fujitsu has received an order from Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) for the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" supercomputer system, which aims to accelerate AI research and development in industry, government, and academia.
New system consists of GPUs and Fujitsu’s next generation PRIMERGY GX 2570 server, as well as large-capacity storage system to deliver expected theoretical peak performance of half-precision floating-point operations of 300 petaflops and double-precision floating-point operations of 19.3 petaflops
This system combines high-performance computing systems and high-capacity storage systems in response to rapidly growing demand for AI research and development in industry, government, and academia
Fujitsu’s system will play key role in advancement of AI R&D in Japan, spreading knowledge acquired through its construction and operation to various stakeholders
The new system will consist of 120 Fujitsu PRIMERGY GX2570 servers in the next generation 2-way rack (4U) and an 11.2 petabyte, high-capacity storage system, each accelerated by eight GPUs per node and suitable for large-scale AI analysis such as deep learning. The theoretical peak performance of floating point half-precision operations, which is an important benchmark in the AI field, is expected to be 300 petaflops, while 19.3 petaflops are expected for double-precision floating-point operations, which are mainly used in the conventional simulation field.
At the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Kashiwa Center in Japan, the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" system will be added to the AI Data Center Building with the start of operations scheduled for fiscal 2021.
On August 1, 2018, AIST launched the "AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI)" system that allows advanced AI processing to accelerate leading-edge research and development of AI technologies and their implementation in industry and other fields in society by coordinating algorithms, big data, and computational power. Fujitsu successfully delivered a cloud infrastructure for AI applications with the world's highest level of machine learning processing capacity, high-performance computing capacity, and energy efficiency after receiving the order to build "ABCI." Since its launch, more than 1,000 users in total have leveraged the powerful system to engage in AI research and development, ranging from AI-related start-up companies to general electrical appliance manufacturers.
AIST will introduce a new "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" system to strengthen its existing "ABCI" in response to the rapidly increasing demand for AI R&D in industry, government, and academia, combining a high-performance computing system with a large-capacity storage system while following the "ABCI" basic structure. In recognition of the results it has delivered for the current system, AIST has awarded this order to Fujitsu as well as the strength of its proposal, which draws on the combined technological capabilities of Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and features a system consisting of 120 of its latest 8 GPU x86 servers and an 11.2 petabyte large-capacity storage system.
Features of the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" system
Large-Scale Cloud Platform for AI Applications with 120 Latest ServersFujitsu will deliver 120 of its next generation Fujitsu PRIMERGY GX2570 servers fueled by two 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors (codenamed Ice Lake) with Intel DL Boost per node and accelerated by eight NVIDIA A100 high-end GPUs. Fujitsu anticipates that the system will provide a theoretical peak performance of half-precision floating-point operations of 850 petaflops, and that of double-precision floating-point operations is expected to be 56.7 petaflops, with the combined computing capacity of "ABCI" and the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" system. This level of performance is equivalent to second place in Japan and sixth place in the world according to the latest TOP 500 supercomputer ranking announced in June 2020.
High-capacity storage system for integrated operation of existing "ABCI" and "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" systemThe 11.2 petabyte storage system built into the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" system can be linked with the existing "ABCI" storage system to enable integrated "ABCI" and "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" operations
Through its involvement with the "AI Bridging Green Cloud Infrastructure" project with AIST, Fujitsu will continue to play a central role in contributing to the advancement of AI research and development in Japan, leveraging the knowledge acquired through the construction and operation of this system for new initiatives with a variety of stakeholders in industry, government and academia.
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Article Edited and Republished for CTen by Suraj Maity