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CIT gets artificial intelligence supercomputer

Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 2:47pm

One Cork institution has just gotten hold of a supercomputer, but don’t worry, they will only use it for good!

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) with the support of Dell Technologies, has unveiled a new artificial intelligence (AI) platform that will help students and researchers build state-of-the-art technology that could help transform Ireland’s economy and society. This partnership will enable CIT to keep at the forefront of developments in AI, data analytics and machine learning and continue to innovate.

By installing a new AI platform powered by a new supercomputer, researchers at CIT are now able to gain real-time insights into large data sets and accelerate their cutting-edge projects in areas ranging from manufacturing and finance to marketing and agriculture. CIT’s new AI platform from Dell Technologies will equip CIT with a platform to produce world-class AI models.

It will be used by researchers within the Institute for advanced AI modelling and will also be available to postgraduate students in the MSc in Artificial Intelligence. As part of the AI partnership, CIT were provided access to Dell Technologies AI Lab in Limerick.

CIT’s Head of Research, Dr Niall Smith said that “in 2019, CIT secured €15.4 million in research funding. The provision of this key computing infrastructure enables CIT researchers, and our many academic and industry collaborators, to develop innovative solutions to problems in almost any domain including ICT, agritech, maritime, and space. Taking advantage of the considerable expertise of the CIT research community in artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, our partners will be supported in their research and development, irrespective of their competency in high-performance computing.”

Dr Ted Scully, the programme coordinator for CIT’s MSc in Artificial Intelligence said: “The provision of sufficient computing power is a critical enabler of modern AI. Students in the MSc in AI can leverage the new platform to build highly complex state-of-the-art AI models.”

Jason Ward, Vice-President and Managing Director, Dell Technologies Ireland added: “We’re delighted to be working with one of Ireland’s most forward thinking third level colleges to help power their research capabilities that in time will transform the way we live, work and do business. Our teams have worked closely with the team at CIT to better understand their needs and put in place a high-performance computing solution that can drive more accurate research results and prepare for our AI-enabled future. We’re looking forward to seeing the new innovations unleashed by the new AI platform over the coming years.”

Over the last number of years, AI has had a transformative impact across a broad range of industries. The creation of advanced AI tools and techniques require massive amounts of computing power.

According to OpenAI, a well-known AI research lab, the computational power needed to create the largest AI models doubled every three/four months between 2012 and 2018. The new partnership between CIT and Dell Technologies is helping to solve these challenges by simplifying the development and production of AI models.

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