This competition is designed to foster innovation and excellence in large-scale AI models. The winning projects will be awarded GPU hours on Leonardo or LUMI supercomputers, together with a €1 million prize to be shared among the winners. The competition is the result of the collaboration between the EuroHPC JU and the EU funded project AI-BOOST. One aspect of this call is to provide successful applicants with access to the EuroHPC supercomputers to research, innovate and development novel AI solutions.
President von der Leyen’s recent announcement during the 2023 State of the Union address declared the strategic importance for the European Union of supporting transparent and responsible AI development and exploiting Europe’s recent achievements in HPC to foster and guide innovation in AI.
EuroHPC JU will facilitate access for AI communities to its world-class supercomputing infrastructure. Guaranteeing such access will allow the growing European AI Community aswell as the research and industrial communities to leverage both HPC resources and novel AI technologies to accelerate innovation and research.
EuroHPC JU is already supporting the development of AI applications in HPC. It has already granted access time on its supercomputers to several AI projects through its Access Calls, and organised an Information Day on HPC for AI to address how EuroHPC supercomputing resources can be harnessed for AI applications.
EuroHPC JU’s ongoing HPC and AI initiatives include:
- A review of its access policy to it European supercomputing infrastructure
EuroHPC JU access policy was approved by the Governing Board in 2021 and will be updated to improve evaluation steps to provide access to AI projects and ethical evaluation procedures.
- A call to provide HPC support to develop the competitiveness and innovation potential of SMEs
This call aims to provide access to European SMEs to advanced HPC capabilities with a focus on leveraging AI technologies to drive innovation, enhance competitiveness, and overcome challenges in the digitisation of R&D and business processes.
- A call for a Support Centre for HPC-powered AI applications
This upcoming call will establish an operational HPC-AI support centre to provide services for AI users and developers, supporting their uptake and utilisation of HPC resources, providing essential training in HPC skills, and divulging key knowledge on HPC architectures and requirements for training large-scale AI models.
Anders Dam Jensen, Executive Director of the EuroHPC JU, stated: “The European HPC and AI communities have much to gain from working hand in hand, and I am very pleased that the EuroHPC JU can support the synergies and collaboration between the two ecosystems. I look forward to the outcome of this innovative Challenge which will foster European excellence in large-scale AI models.”
More information on how to participate to the AI Grand Challenge can be found here.
Source: EuroHPC JU