Nvidia Corp said, to build a supercomputer it will be work with ARM chips. The new systems will be used for climate change predictions and nuclear weapons.
Nvidia was long known as a supplier of graphics chips for personal computers to make video games look more realistic. But now researchers also use its chips inside data centers to speed up artificial intelligence computing work such as training computers to recognize images.
To do so, Nvidia's are going to working with some central processors companies such as Intel and International Business Machines.
At a supercomputing conference held in Germany on Monday, Nvidia said its accelerator chips would work with ARM processors by the end of the year.
ARM, owned by Japan's SoftBank Group, provides the underlying processor technology for the chips in most mobile phones.
However, the ARM processors are different from Intel or IBM chips in that ARM itself does not make chips. Instead, it licenses out the underlying technology so others can make chips with it.
Ian Buck, vice president of Nvidia's accelerated computing unit, said the project to build a supercomputer with ARM would be a “heavy lift” from a technical perspective.
He also said Nvidia undertook it because researchers in Europe and Japan want to develop supercomputing chips with ARM's technology, essentially giving them a third option beyond IBM and Intel over which they can have more control.
To work with ARM on supercomputers follows Nvidia's $6.8 billion deal to buy Israeli firm Mellanox Technologies. Mellanox makes high-speed networking chips that help stitch together many smaller computers into a larger one and is found in some of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
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