Standing shoulder to shoulder, shooting for the cloud, and kicking start the future of cloud intelligence for Taiwan
Taiwan Computing Cloud (TWCC) starts its trial run
Toady on May 16th, National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC), one of 8 centers under National Applied Research Labs (NAR Labs), an affiliation of Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) handed together with industry companies ASUS, Quanta Computer, and Taiwan Mobile to jointly host Taiwan Cloud Computing Conference (TWCCcon), where NCHC announced the trial run of an AI supercomputer that has reached new heights in the world's ranking. It is slated to officially open to applications for use by research and academic institutions while industries may start applying to join in the fourth quarter. Minister Liang-Gee Chen of Science and Technology thanked all the teams involved for their efforts to bring this service into being. He pointed out that NCHC is the platform for the R&D of AI in Taiwan that will strive to help nurture the all-around development in industries, governments, academia, and research institutions.
We also unveiled for the first time Taiwan Computing Cloud (TWCC) for AI computing in the future, a service platform that had been jointly developed by the AI team with members from NCHC, ASUS, Quanta, and Taiwan Mobile. It is hoped that this platform could speed up the development of AI-related technologies and services in Taiwan and facilitate the innovation, value addition, and applications of applied AI. Minister
TWCC runs on the strength of Taiwania 2, the supercomputer built by the national AI team that bested all the other Taiwanese supercomputers in the world's ranking. It uses 2,016 NVIDIA Tesla V100 32GB GPUs that deliver 9 PFLOPS of superior performance. Its GPU system is on par with those used on the fastest supercomputers around the world, offering optimal energy efficiency and providing the highest performance. Taiwania 2 was designed and manufactured under the supervision of the NCHC. Taiwan Mobile was responsible for the construction of the high-caliber, international standards compliant
“Quanta is honored to have participated in the building of Taiwania 2,” Quanta Computer Chairman
ASUS servers business GM Jin Qing-bo said, “ASUS put the cloud R&D and software and hardware integration prowess of its server unit, cloud infrastructure software center, and its subsidiary ASUS Cloud to help the NCHC build in a mere seven months the TWCC, a comprehensive solution to Taiwan computing cloud from cloud mainframe to, platform software.” Jin continued: “We hope that the availability of the TWCC will provide strong backing for the R&D development energy of industrial, governmental, academic, and research institutions in Taiwan and will become the source of wisdom and intelligence to transform the industries in Taiwan.”
Taiwan Mobile GM
The latest container techniques help TWCC deliver its services. Through optimized AI software stacks, developers can quickly build their developmental environment at a 40% efficiency advantage over current methods. TWCC also supports large numbers of
Aside from officially opening the TWCC platform, the TWCCcon also featured such activities as sharing of key trends and user experiences. Key trends were given by Quanta Computer Chairman
The year of 2019 is the inaugural year of TWCC speeding Taiwan up toward AI. To improve the exchanges between developers and users, the NCHC of the NAR Labs will continue to host meetings that center on AI technique or AI R&D platform. It is our hope that lectures, teaching, experience sharing and such exchanges may spark imagination and energy and lead to bilateral exchanges and collaborations. AI may bring innovations and value to every professional endeavor in Taiwan.
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