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New milestone brings the UK's largest AI supercomputer one step closer

5 August 2020

The largest supercomputer dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI) in the UK will enable academics and industry to drive cutting edge innovation, boosting the UK’s ability to make world-changing scientific breakthroughs.

The JADE-2 supercomputer, which will be hosted at the Hartree Centre at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, will give UK researchers and industry invaluable access to extremely powerful systems that will support ground breaking work in areas such as energy storage and supply and improved drug design. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it follows the highly successful JADE (Joint Academic Data Science Endeavour), also hosted at the Hartree Centre, at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

Now, in an exciting new milestone, Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, has signed a four-year contract worth £5 million with the University of Oxford to deliver JADE-2. This high-performance system will house at least triple the current capacity of JADE, providing computing capabilities that will help meet the increasing demand for AI-focused facilities in the UK.  

Alison Kennedy, Director of STFC’s Hartree Centre, said: “I’m thrilled at this latest announcement between Atos and the University of Oxford.  JADE-2 will significantly amplify the UK’s ability to address AI and machine learning challenges, supporting the ambition to be a world-leader in these areas. I believe that this milestone, which builds on an already strong, well-established partnership between Atos and the Hartree Centre, will help UK research and industry future-proof itself for the growing demand for AI and deep learning technologies from across a whole range of scientific fields and industry sectors.”

Read the full Atos press release at the website.

Last updated: 04 September 2020

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