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At Novosibirsk State University, the first computing cluster of the Lavrentiev SCC will be operational by the summer of 2024. Its power will be more than 200 teraflops (trillions of floating point operations per second). The new equipment will allow NSU scientists to work with large language models and solve research and applied problems, including for companies in the real sector. The pilot cluster of the Lavrentiev SCC was financed from the funds of the strategic project “Digital Future” “Priority 2030” program.

The difference between the Lavrentiev SCC is that it is primarily focused on solving problems related to artificial intelligence, which requires a lot of parallel calculations, which are done on specific types of accelerators – graphics or video accelerators.

— We acquired the first computing cluster – this is a “piece” of the future Lavrentiev supercomputer center. The equipment that the university has allows you to work only with simple language models, the level of which is 2-3 levels lower than Chat GPT. The new machine will allow us to work with large language models and train them quickly. This way we will be able to work with the most modern projects,” comments Alexey Okunev, director of the Institute of Intelligent Robotics at NSU, head of the “Digital Future” strategic project.

The problems that large language models solve belong to different areas. Among them are the Internet of Things and smart city technologies, which NSU is developing together with industrial partners within the framework of the recently created Scientific and Educational Center in the Field of Artificial Intelligence. A supercomputer allows you to train an AI model and subsequently “transfer” it to smartphones, video cameras and other small, portable devices in the form of applications that solve specific problems. We are talking about chatbots, voice assistants, video analytics, etc.

Another promising area of application is robotics.

“Currently, the current trend is to work with multimodal models that can take as input an arbitrary sequence of data, which includes voice, text, images, “comprehend” them and produce the appropriate text or perform the necessary action. Now we simply program robots, putting into them an algorithm for certain actions. With the help of multimodal models, we will be able to take a step into the future, when the robot will “hear,” “see,” and analyze the information received to optimally complete the assigned task,” explains Alexey Okunev.

It is planned that the supercomputer center will be fully operational in 2026; it will be located on the grounds of NSU’s world-class campus, which is being built as part of the “Science and Universities” national project. The maximum computing power will be 10 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second).

The Lavrentiev SCC will become a center for collective use; it will be in demand by a variety of specialists who need to solve problems using big data in the field of security, office management, industrial production, agriculture, and mining. The cluster will also be useful for processing large scientific data.

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