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META LAUNCHES AI RESEARCH SUPERCLUSTER (RSC)

META LAUNCHES AI RESEARCH SUPERCLUSTER (RSC)

Context:

On January 24, 2022, Meta launched the AI ​​Research SuperCluster (RSC). It is believed to be among the largest AI computers operating today. According to Meta, Facebook's parent company, its new “artificial intelligence supercomputer” will be the fastest globally by the middle of the year 2022. 

Key Points:

  • Presently, AI can perform tasks such as translating text between languages ​​and helping to identify potentially harmful content.
  • However, the development of the next generation of AI will require powerful supercomputers capable of operating at quintillion per second.

Importance of RCS:

  • RCS will assist in the development of new and improved AI models. It will also allow it to work in hundreds of different languages.
  • RCS will also assist in building technology for the next major computing platform called "metaverse", where AI-based applications and products will play a key role.

About Metaverse:

  • Metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection. 
  • The term is defined as the hypothetical iteration of the internet and the visible world of the universe in futurism and science fiction. 
  • The term "Metaverse" was first used in the science fiction novel Snow Crash in 1992.

Supercomputer:

  • A supercomputer has a higher performance level than a standard purpose computer. 
  • Its effectiveness is usually measured in the functions of the floating-point per second (FLOPS), instead of “million instructions per second (MIPS)”.

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