Local firms to build AI supercomputer

DECEMBER TARGET: The platform is to have 7 petaflops of computing power, as well as a storage capacity of 50 petabytes, which is approximately 50 million gigabytes

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 02, 2018
By: Ted Chen  /  Staff reporter

Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), Quanta Computer Inc (廣達) and Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大

Quanta Computer Inc chairman Barry Lam, second left, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee, third left, Taiwan Mobile Co chairman Daniel Tsai, second right, and Asustek Computer Inc chairman Jonney Shih, third right, pose for a photograph at a ceremony to announce the launch of a national public cloud-computing platform in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: CNA

哥大) yesterday won a NT$1.1 billion (US$36.83 million) government contract to build a cloud-computing platform to boost the development of artificial intelligence (AI).

Organized by the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), the contract aims to build a national public cloud-computing platform that can deliver supercharged computer power to Taiwanese businesses and academic and research institutions, and incubate homegrown AI applications through improved deep learning and big data analysis capabilities.

The firms won the contract over a rival partnership between Acer Inc (宏碁), Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) and a Japanese partner proposing to use hardware supplied by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密).

As AI becomes increasingly ubiquitous in industrial applications and everyday life, the technology could be the next boom industry in Taiwan, just as PCs were in the past, and neglecting the technology could spell doom for the nation’s economic competitiveness, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said in an address at a ceremony in Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]

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