Tachyum teams for German supercomputer

Tachyum teams for German supercomputer

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By Nick Flaherty

Slovakian AI chip designer Tachyum has teamed up with the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) in Germany to collaborate on open supercomputing projects, scientific research and innovations in artificial intelligence.

JSC will test an HPC infrastructure based on the Tachyum platform to test out a range of AI applications.

JSC launched the first German supercomputing centre in 1987 and currently operates one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe –JUWELS. JSC’s research and development concentrates on mathematical modelling, numerical molecular dynamics and Monte-Carlo simulations.

Tachyum’s Prodigy processor can run HPC applications, convolutional AI, explainable AI, general AI, bio AI, and spiking neural networks, plus normal data centre workloads, on a single homogeneous processor platform, using existing standard programming models. This avoids the need for a combination of disparate CPU, GPU and TPU hardware for these different workloads, a more expensive and power hungry approach that requires separate supply and maintenance infrastructures. Using specific hardware dedicated to each type of workload results in underutilization of hardware resources, and more challenging programming, support, and maintenance.

JSC will test out Prodigy’s ability to seamlessly switch among these various workloads once Prodigy chip tapes out and samples by the end of 2022. Software emulations and an FPGA-based emulator running native Linux are already available to early adopters

As a member of the German Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, the JSC has coordinated the construction of the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) since 2008.

“It is one of our guiding principles to collaborate with innovative processor developers worldwide,” explains Prof. Thomas Lippert, director of JSC. “Prodigy was designed to largely avoid silicon underutilization, which is what makes the processor so attractive for energy-efficient simulations, data analytics and AI applications.”

“It was my pleasure to have had a discussion with JSC director Dr. Lippert regarding one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe when I visited JSC last November,” said Dr. Radoslav Danilak, founder and CEO of Tachyum. “I believe our collaboration can help put the EU in the lead position on the supercomputer and data center markets.”

Tachyum is planning to build an AI super computer with performance of up to 64 exaflops in 2022 in the EU with Prodigy chips

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