26 May 2024, 11:16

Musk plans largest-ever supercomputer for xAI startup: report

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has
told investors he plans to build a supercomputer dubbed "gigafactory of
compute" to support the development of his artificial intelligence startup
xAI, an industry news outlet reported Saturday.

Musk wants the supercomputer -- which will string together 100,000 Nvidia
chips -- operational by fall 2025, and "will hold himself personally
responsible for delivering it on time," The Information said.

The planned supercomputer would be "at least four times the size of the
biggest GPU clusters that exist today," such as those used by Meta to train
its AI models, Musk was quoted as saying during a presentation to investors
this month.

Since OpenAi's generative AI tool ChatGPT exploded on the scene in 2022, the
technology has been an area of fierce competition between tech giants
Microsoft and Google, as well as Meta and start-ups like Anthropic and
Stability AI.

Musk is one of the world's few investors with deep enough pockets to compete
with OpenAI, Google or Meta on AI.

xAI is developing a chatbot named Grok, which can access social media
platform X, the former Twitter which is also owned by Musk, in real time.

Musk cofounded OpenAI in 2015 but left in 2018, later saying he was
uncomfortable with the profit-driven direction the company was taking under
the stewardship of CEO Sam Altman.

He filed a lawsuit against the company in March, accusing it of breaking its
original non-profit mission to make AI research available to all.

OpenAI argues that Musk's lawsuit, as well as his embrace of open source
development, is little more than a case of sour grapes after leaving the

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