Elon Musk Plans to Build the World's Largest Supercomputer

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.27 - 2024 8:56 AM CET

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Elon Musk plans to revolutionize AI technology by constructing the largest supercomputer ever.

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Tech billionaire Elon Musk aims to build a supercomputer named the "Gigafactory of Compute" by linking 100,000 Nvidia chips.

The supercomputer will support the development of Musk's AI startup, xAI, according to tech media outlet The Information.

Musk plans for the supercomputer to be operational by the fall of 2025, stating he will "personally account for the fact that the supercomputer is ready by that time"

The tech mogul revealed at a presentation to investors earlier this month that the supercomputer will be "at least four times the size of the largest GPUs that exist today." Currently, the largest GPUs are used by companies like Meta to train their AI models.

Since the introduction of OpenAI's chatbot, ChatGPT, in 2022, the AI technology market has seen intense competition among tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Meta, and startups such as Anthropic and Stability AI. Musk is one of the few investors with the financial resources to compete with OpenAI, Google, and Meta in the AI arena.

Musk's xAI is developing a chatbot called Grok, capable of accessing social media platform X in real time. Elon Musk owns X, formerly known as Twitter.

He co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but left the company in 2018, later expressing dissatisfaction with CEO Sam Altman's profit-driven approach. In March, Musk sued OpenAI, alleging the company violated its founding terms, which stipulated it should be "for the benefit of humanity" and operate as a non-profit.

OpenAI contends that Musk's lawsuit and his support for open-source development stem from his dissatisfaction after leaving the company.

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