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Dell, Super Micro providing server racks for xAI's supercomputer

Published 06/19/2024, 10:47 AM
Updated 06/19/2024, 12:00 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: XAI logo is seen near computer motherboard in this illustration taken January 8, 2024. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
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(Reuters) -Dell Technologies and Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ:SMCI) will provide server racks for the supercomputer that Elon Musk's artificial intelligence startup xAI is building, the U.S. businessman said on social media platform X on Wednesday.

Dell (NYSE:DELL) is assembling half of the racks for xAI's supercomputer, Musk said on X. In a reply to another post enquiring about the second partner, the billionaire said "SMC" - referring to server maker Super Micro.

San Francisco-based Super Micro, known for its close ties with chip firms like Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and its liquid-cooling technology, confirmed the partnership with xAI to Reuters.

Dell CEO Michael Dell also said in a separate post on X that the company was building an "AI factory" with artificial-intelligence heavyweight Nvidia that would power the next version of xAI's chatbot Grok.

Musk has told investors that his artificial intelligence startup xAI is planning to build a supercomputer to power the next version of its AI chatbot Grok, according to a report by the Information in May.

Training of AI models such as xAI's Grok requires tens of thousands of power-hungry chips that are in short supply.

Earlier this year, Musk said training the Grok 2 model took about 20,000 Nvidia H100 graphic processing units (GPUs), adding that the Grok 3 model and beyond will require 100,000 Nvidia H100 chips.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: XAI logo is seen near computer motherboard in this illustration taken January 8, 2024. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Musk has said he wants to get the proposed supercomputer running by the fall of 2025, according to the Information.

Musk founded xAI last year as a challenger to Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s Google. Musk also co-founded OpenAI.

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