GraphCore opens major R&D centre in Poland

GraphCore opens major R&D centre in Poland

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By Nick Flaherty

GraphCore’s engineering centre in Gdansk will eventually be home to the company’s largest software development team outside of the UK.

The UK company, which has raised $682m for its AI chip development, is looking for a broad range of people for the centre across the whole range of software engineering. This includes the development of the company’s Poplar AI software stack, enabling major deployments such as AI cloud datacentres. Staff will also be providing direct support to Graphcore customers.

As the team grows, Graphcore will also be hiring engineers to support opportunities presented by the convergence of AI and HPC. Graphcore’s software systems are co-designed with the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) hardware.

Poland has built a strong reputation for developing excellent homegrown software engineers and has also proved to be an attractive destination for talent relocating from elsewhere in the world, says the company. Intel, Amazon and a range of other technology companies have already set up major operations in Gdansk.

“We are delighted that Graphcore, a leading innovator in the AI sector, has chosen Gdańsk for its new software engineering centre,” said Piotr Mieczkowski, Managing Director of Digital Poland Foundation. “As our State of Polish AI 2021 report shows, Poland is in the lead of the European countries when it comes to the availability of specialists in the industry. Graphcore will undoubtedly benefit from that. The interest of foreign capital confirms the country’s position and contribution to the development of AI technology.”

Graphcore’s office will be based at Alchemia, Northern Poland’s second largest business centre, close to the University of Gdańsk and Lech Wałęsa Airport.

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