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Cloud Brain II to start computing test

The Huawei Atlas 900 AI cluster powered by the Huawei Kunpeng and Ascend processors runs as the bedrock of Pengcheng Cloud Brain II. Courtesy of Huawei Technologies

Pengcheng Cloud Brain II, the world’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) computing platform jointly developed by Huawei Technologies and Pengcheng Laboratory, officially settled in the Shibilong Industrial Park in Xili, Nanshan District, on Tuesday.

The project covers an area of 3,011 square meters in the industrial park.

Through the project, the developers hope to achieve a high computing power of up to 1,000 petaFLOPS (PFLOPS).

Running as the bedrock of Cloud Brain II is the Huawei Atlas 900 AI cluster, powered by the Huawei Kunpeng and Ascend processors. Atlas 900 infuses robust computing power into Cloud Brain II, supporting basic research and exploration in the AI field, such as computer vision, natural language, autonomous driving, smart transportation, and smart health care.

Pengcheng Cloud Brain II is an industry-leading and key technology facility in the field of AI. It is a basic research platform for exploring the frontier of AI technology.

According to a report of Shekou Daily, quoting Ren Jingfei, deputy chief with the Pengcheng Lab AI Research Center, Pengcheng Cloud Brain II will begin tests this October and start the mission to realize 1,000 PFLOPS computing power. To attain this goal, the lab will deploy four Atlas 900 AI clusters for computing.

FLOPS, or floating-point operations per second, is the unit of measurement that calculates the performance capability of a supercomputer. One petaFLOPS is equal to 1,000,000,000,000,000 (one quadrillion) FLOPS.

Pengcheng Lab works with hundreds of researchers from Chinese and foreign institutions in advanced scientific domains like quantum computing. It is also part of China’s first batch of innovative open platforms for developing AI technologies, approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The Shibilong Industrial Park, where Pengcheng Lab is located, is one of the key areas for the development of Xili Lake International Science and Education City.

Pengcheng Laboratory in the Shibilong Industrial Park is a planned research facility for academics and scientists with an area for public testing, an area for achievement exhibitions, and a convention center.

It will be put into use in 2023.

The U.S., China, Japan and EU have all declared the first “exascale” computer — with more than 1,000 petaFLOPS of computing power — as the next big milestone in large-scale computing. China claims it will achieve that milestone by 2020. 


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