Meta Completes Its Own Supercomputer for AI Research

Facebook has put many of its eggs in the AI basket hoping it would help them with moderating all the posts on its social media platform. Now Meta, the Facebook parent company, is building its first supercomputer.

Meta has announced its new AI Research SuperCluster—a supercomputer meant to be used for research projects in the field of AI. The supercomputer has been in the works for two years. Meta hopes it will help them develop more powerful AI which could be useful in the difficult task of recognizing hate speech or other posts that go against their community standards.

Meta said that the RSC will help quickly train multi-modal AI that can understand context in a post, like language, tone and images, analyze this data and make or suggest a moderation decision.

Supercomputers employ many computer processors that are all connected inside what are commonly referred to as “nodes.” Supercomputers have been an essential part of much of the world’s AI research. The U.S. Department of Energy has its own supercomputer, Summit, which is the fastest in the U.S. and the second fastest in the world. Microsoft and Nvidia are two other well-known companies who keep and use their own custom supercomputer.