On November 1, the United Kingdom declared that it will increase financing to £300 million ($363.57 million) for two supercomputers with AI. Following the end of the first day of the global AI Safety Summit, the announcement was made. The main focus of the conference was on developing safer advanced AI models, and the supercomputers, called the AI study Resource, will support this study.
The investment, according to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, would guarantee that the country’s scientific expertise gets the resources necessary to create the safest possible AI models. The capability of the two new supercomputers will be more than 30 times greater than that of the largest public AI computing tools currently available in the UK for researchers. By summer 2024, they should be operational.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise will construct the first supercomputer, Isambard-AI, which will have 5,000 cutting-edge Nvidia AI chips. The second machine, to be named Dawn, will be developed in collaboration with Dell and run on 1,000 Intel AI chips. More than 200 petaflops, or 200 quadrillion calculations per second, will be possible for Isambard-AI to compute.
On the first day of the summit, US Vice President Kamala Harris participated. She and Sunak reached a consensus regarding the necessity of tight engagement regarding the benefits and hazards associated with frontier AI. Harris emphasised the necessity of taking coordinated action on the issue, warning of possible cyberattacks and AI-created bioweapons that might jeopardise millions of lives. Her words were made soon after the executive order on AI safety guidelines was announced by the Biden Administration.