Asia’s largest artificial intelligence data center opens in Shanghai





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One of Asia’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) data centers has officially opened in Shanghai’s Lin-gang Free Trade Zone.

The center occupies a total area of ​​130,000 square feet, contains 5,000 computer racks, and was built with $880 million in investment. The infrastructure has a designed compute capacity of 3.74 exaFLOPS, one of the strongest among data centers in Asia.

One of the most obvious advantages of the data center is its ultra-speed. It can train models with 100 billion parameters, which can provide millions of business models for all types of companies.

A total of 5,000 computer racks have been installed in the server rooms in the center. /Photo provided by SenseTime

A total of 5,000 computer racks have been installed in the server rooms in the center. /Photo provided by SenseTime

Companies in sectors such as bio-medicine and the automotive industry are expected to benefit the most from the data center.

“Industries like biomedicine and physics need AI to help them explore the next step. We have already partnered with the National Center for Protein Science to help them with their research and development,” said Yang Fan, co-founder and vice president of SenseTime.

The AI ​​data center is also expected to reduce line loss by about 50 percent and save about 45 million kilowatt hours on its annual energy consumption.

The operation center can check the power consumption status of the center. /Photo provided by SenseTime

The operation center can check the power consumption status of the center. /Photo provided by SenseTime

Li Genguo, director of the Shanghai Supercomputer Center, said traditional algorithm methods entail high energy costs. But AI computing can be much more environmentally friendly.

“AI computing will be the most efficient method by using a fast CPU accelerator,” Li said.

The establishment of such large-scale AI data centers is critical to the country’s self-design capability in the AI ​​industry. In recent years, Chinese AI makers such as SenseTime, iFLYTEK and Cambricon have also grown rapidly.

A report from the China Academy of Sciences predicts that the value of the country’s main AI industry will exceed $63 billion by the end of 2025.

And, of course, all of these also align with Shanghai’s goal of further developing its AI industry. Last week, Shanghai Mayor Gong Zheng said in his government working report that one of the city’s key tasks for 2022 is to carry out a round of innovative AI solutions for the real economy.




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