Science park to host AI supercomputer base

A NEW supercomputer research centre will place Bristol “at the centre of the AI revolution”, it has been claimed.

The new Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (AIRR) will be run by Bristol University and based at the National Composites Centre, at the Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green.

To be known as Isambard-AI, the multi-million-pound facility is expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the UK and among the most powerful in Europe when it opens next year.

It will be used by a wide range of organisations from industry and research bodies across the UK to harness the power of AI, in areas ranging from data and robotics to drugs and climate research.

Bristol University is already home to the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence and is due to install the Isambard 3 supercomputer later this year to support research in AI and machine learning.

The Isambard-AI project is being led by Bristol University experts Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith and Dr Sadaf Alam and their High Performance Computing (HPC) team, working in collaboration with the universities of Bath, Cardiff and Exeter.

The supercomputer is part of a £900m plan to transform the UK’s computing capacity.