Artificial intelligence research bolstered by new supercomputer
The University of Sydney has regenerated its supercomputing infrastructure with the commissioning of Artemis 3, a new supercomputer that will support ongoing research into artificial intelligence (AI) and humanoid robotics.
The High-Performance Computing (HPC) system has been provided by Dell EMC, leveraging the company’s PowerEdge C4140 server technology.
It will replace the existing Artemis 2 supercomputing system last upgraded in 2016, tripling resources and adding in extremely large memory nodes.
With its aim to explore of new horizons in AI, the UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre will be utilising Artemis 3’s capability to power AI and machine learning workloads, allowing for faster processing of data to provide answers to scientific questions previously beyond reach.
“The UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre is a multidisciplinary effort committed to solving some of the major challenges found in the fields of AI and robotics research,” said Professor Dacheng Tao, Director of the UBTECH Sydney Artificial Intelligence Centre.
“The capabilities offered by Artemis 3, including its ability to process large amounts of data, will add a new dimension to our research infrastructure and support our vision of becoming a leading global hub in this area.”
The University chose to continue its partnership with Dell EMC to complete the upgrade, following a competitive selection process.
“As we’ve built up our capacity to operate and deliver high quality high performance computing, Dell EMC has become a trusted partner,” said Dr Jeremy Hammond, Director of Strategic Ventures.
“The company has supported us in our pursuit of becoming a renowned HPC centre and worked closely with our team to put together a supercomputer that meets our diverse needs.”
Artemis 3 will also support a wide range of other projects both within the School of Information Technologies and across the University, including those in the fields of geophysics and cosmology.
Artemis 3 is comprised of 49 PowerEdge C6420 nodes, equipped with two 24-core Intel Xeon-SP CPUs per node, along with 27 PowerEdge C4140 nodes, each of which is outfitted two Xeon CPUs plus four NVIDIA V100 GPUs. The nodes are connected via FDR InfiniBand. External storage is provided by a 700 TB Lustre file system.
Professor Jian Guo Zhu will lead innovation with wisdom and passion Distinguished Professor Jian Guo Zhu has joined the University of Sydney as the new Head of School for Electrical and Information Engineering and looks forward to transitioning his team into exciting new facilities with a fresh agenda. Now in place for just over a...
Four join Australia's most prestigious science organisation Professors Dacheng Tao, Geordie Williamson, Jennie Brand-Miller and Chris Dickman recognised for outstanding contributions to Australian science. The Australian Academy of Science has awarded four academics from the University of Sydney with its highest honour, electing them as Fellows of Australia’s most prestigious scientific organisation. On Tuesday, 21 scientists from...
Computer Science Professor Dacheng Tao named Fellow of the AAAS University of Sydney Professor of Computer Science Dacheng Tao has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the highest honours in the field. Professor Tao was elected as an AAAS Fellow as part of the Engineering...