Nvidia plans to spend no less than $100m on a brand new supercomputer within the UK that can be positioned near Arm’s headquarters in Cambridge.
The announcement got here straight from Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang who let it slip throughout The Six Five Summit digital occasion whereas talking alongside Arm CEO Simon Segars with business analyst Pat Moorhead.
The Cambridge-1 supercomputer would be the UK’s quickest supercomputing middle but and whereas Nvidia mentioned again in October that it might spend £40m (round $55.6m) on the venture, it seems that this determine has nearly doubled within the time since. However, Huang made the purpose that the brand new $100m determine ought to be thought of “as a starting point” so the corporate might presumably make investments much more into the venture.
Cambridge-1 will not be the one new supercomputer within the UK although as earlier this yr, Huang additionally revealed plans for Cambridge-2 which can be constructed by Nvidia and primarily based on Arm’s CPU structure.
UK AI funding
As Nvidia remains to be within the strategy of making an attempt to purchase Arm for $40bn from Softbank, the corporate is exhibiting its dedication to Arm’s UK operations by investing within the Cambridge-1 supercomputer which can be used to resolve AI and healthcare issues.
In addition to talking at The Six Five Summit, Huang additionally just lately spoke on the CogX convention hosted by Cognition X in King’s Cross, London. During the digital fireplace chat with CogX co-founder Tabitha Goldstaub, Huang praised Arm’s work whereas explaining in a weblog submit how the 2 firms may also help drive future innovation, saying:
“The U.K. is vibrant, with great researchers and scientists. We’re at the beginning of a new revolution, made possible by AI breakthroughs; we just need to lean into it really hard because we can make great strides, great contributions. The U.K. has every reason to be proud of Arm and its achievements and contributions to the world. We would like to combine the CPU capabilities of Arm with the artificial intelligence capability of NVIDIA to create new ideas, new innovations.”
The UK authorities is at the moment investing closely in AI and by exhibiting its dedication to Arm’s work within the nation, Nvidia could have the opportunity to assist persuade regulators to approve its $40bn deal.