WASHINGTON – In response to the University of Florida’s partnership with NVIDIA to launch an AI supercomputer, Hodan Omaar, policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, released the following statement:
As the grand challenges that the scientific and engineering communities face become more complex, the need for artificial intelligence and machine learning to both promote scientific knowledge and manage an increasingly complex technological environment becomes more important. The University of Florida’s new supercomputing facility is an important addition to the AI ecosystem and will provide academic researchers with much needed access to computing power that can advance artificial intelligence far into the future.
Unlike traditional high-performance computing systems, this academic supercomputer is specialized to leverage AI simulation and inference, which are important tools in accelerating research areas including drug discovery, astrophysics, and natural hazards modeling. By partnering with NVIDIA, the University of Florida is able to leverage this state-of-the-art technology and use it to enhance the education and training of the next generation of researchers, technicians, and leaders.
This partnership can and should serve as a model for how universities, industry, and government can combine their respective strengths for the benefit of all. This will be vitally important in strengthening the U.S. supercomputing ecosystem, and by extension, U.S. economic competitiveness.