UF Supercomputer Ranks First in US for Energy Efficiency

The University of Florida’s new HiPerGator AI supercomputer ranks among the best.

Top500, which ranks high power computer systems, ranked the most energy efficient computer in the country and second in the world on its Green500 list. It also ranked it No.22 among the most powerful supercomputers in the world, placing it second among supercomputers owned by universities nationwide and third in higher education overall.

The computer is the result of a $ 70 million partnership the university announced last year with California-based NVIDIA to invest in artificial intelligence. More, UF received $ 20 million from the state to hire 100 new artificial intelligence professors across all disciplines and said it will integrate AI into every field of study.

So far, the university has hired 30 professors. He also developed about 30 new courses, said Provost Joseph Glover. First-year students, for example, now take a compulsory course in business analysis and artificial intelligence.

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In the fall, the High Power Computer will be open to universities in the state’s university system and to some across the country that have expressed interest.

UF vice president and chief information officer Elias Eldayrie said the university plans to continue finding new applications for artificial intelligence.

“The ranking is interesting, but what seems most important to us is the impact that the technology will have. The machine is important, but it’s not the only thing, ”he said. “The machine will lead the way.

The computer has been running since January, and the first full-scale project was announced in April. UF Health researchers created GatorTron, a language processing model that analyzed billions of words from medical records over 10 years to anonymize personal information and look for trends.

Other uses, Glover said, include the use of artificial intelligence to train a robot to pick strawberries in fields, select the ripe ones, and leave others.

“(The United States) is not creating an AI-trained workforce for the 21st century,” he said. “Our competing countries, like China, are doing it. So there is great concern in Washington that the nation needs to find a way to train its next generation of workforce in AI and data science skills. … In a few years, we will be training thousands of students with AI skills.

Soon, he said, artificial intelligence will be as ubiquitous as personal computers.

“Everyone is very excited about this,” Glover said. “Everyone understands that artificial intelligence and data science will be very important in the future of our students. “

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