Facebook parent company, Meta Platforms said its research team has built a new artificial intelligence supercomputer that promises to be the fastest in the world when completed in mid-2022.
Meta said in a blog post that its new AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) would help the company build better AI models that can learn from trillions of examples, work across hundreds of languages, and analyze text, images and video together to determine if content was harmful.
“This research will not only help keep people safe on our services today, but also in the future, as we build for the metaverse,” the company said in a blog post.
The social media company changed its name in October to Meta to reflect its focus on the metaverse, which it thinks will be the successor to the mobile Internet.
The metaverse, a broad term that has generated a lot of Silicon Valley buzz in recent months, refers to the idea of shared virtual environments that people can access through different devices and where they can work, play and socialize.
“The experiences we’re building for the metaverse require enormous compute power (quintillions of operations per second) and RSC will enable new AI models that can learn from trillions of examples, understand hundreds of languages and more,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
The company said it believed the supercomputer was currently among the fastest AI supercomputers running.