Meta, Facebook’s parent firm, claims that its newly formed artificial intelligence (AI) “Research SuperCluster” (RSC) will “pave the way” for Metaverse’s development.
According to a Jan. 24 blog post announcing the hardware, Facebook estimates RSC is already one of the world’s fastest supercomputers and will take the top spot when it’s completely operational in mid-2022.
The business claimed, “Developing the next generation of advanced AI will require powerful new computers capable of quintillions of operations per second”.
“Ultimately, the collaboration with RSC will pave the path for the development of technologies for the next major computing platform — the metaverse — where AI-driven apps and products will play a key role.”
CEO Mark Zuckerberg elaborated in a Jan. 25 Facebook post:
“The metaverse experiences we’re creating necessitate massive computing power (quintillions of operations per second!). New AI models will be able to learn from trillions of samples because to RSC. In addition, you’ll be able to communicate in a variety of languages.”
Additionally, hundreds of different languages will be supported by the machine. To create “advanced AI” in the areas of computer vision, natural language processing, and speech recognition.
“We’re hoping that RSC will assist us in developing whole new AI systems. For example, this may be used to enable real-time voice translations for huge groups of individuals speaking multiple languages. So, they can work together on a research project or play an augmented reality game.”
Meta did not reveal the location of the computer or the costs related to its research and manufacture.
Camilla Russo, a decentralised financial analyst, compared Meta’s new machine to the Ethereum network. Which already called a global “supercomputer” by some in the sector.
On the other hand, Raja Koduri, Vice President of Intel’s advanced computing systems and graphics department, stated in December 2021 that the present computational infrastructure will have to expand 1,000-fold to run the Metaverse.
“For real-time applications, you need access to petaflops [one thousand teraflops] of computation in less than a millisecond, less than ten milliseconds,” Koduri said at the time.
The Metaverse, which often referred to as the next iteration of the internet, is a virtual arena. Where people may work, play, and socialise – generally through the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies.