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Israel to Launch New Supercomputer to Bolster AI Israel to Launch New Supercomputer to Bolster AI
Israel next month will launch a tender to establish the country’s first supercomputer. The aim is to ensure it remains a... Israel to Launch New Supercomputer to Bolster AI

Israel next month will launch a tender to establish the country’s first supercomputer. The aim is to ensure it remains a global leader in AI-related technologies, according to Dror Bin, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority via Reuters.

Bin emphasized the importance of proactive measures to maintain Israel’s technological edge. “While AI has been a friend for Israel’s tech sector, it could turn into a foe without action given AI is a fast-evolving technology,” he noted.

The Israeli government has earmarked $250 million for a national AI program, integrating efforts from government, industry, and academia. The initiative, slated to execute 60% of its budget in 2024, is expected to conclude by 2027.

There is the potential for increased funding as needed as well. This investment is a clear signal that the country has a commitment to fostering innovation and maintaining its status as a top tech hub.

Technology is a significant pillar of Israel’s economy, contributing 20% of the nation’s economic output. With over 9,000 startups, Israel is recognized globally for its vibrant tech ecosystem. Notably, more than 2,200 of these startups leverage AI technologies. Furthermore, Israel boasts 73 generative AI firms, ranking third worldwide.

Our goal is to ensure and secure that Israel sustains its leadership, ranking, and position in the AI race globally,” Bin affirmed. Bin also highlighted the critical need for a supercomputer to train large AI models.

Currently, high-tech companies and researchers in Israel must rely on cloud services due to the absence of local data centers equipped with sufficient GPUs. “When a high-tech company or researcher wants to train a large model, they have to buy time in the cloud since there is no local data center with a significant amount of GPUs that can train those models here,” he explained.

The national AI program aims to address this gap, providing the infrastructure necessary to support advanced AI research and development. By establishing a supercomputer within Israel, the program will enable local companies and researchers to train large models domestically, fostering innovation and reducing reliance on external resources.

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