United Kingdom: UK’s fastest supercomputer now online

May 13, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The UK’s fastest supercomputer, Isambard-AI which  ranked 128 on the most recent edition of the Top500 list has come online. The £225 million ($273m) machine has also placed second on the Green500, a list that ranks supercomputers in terms of energy efficiency, with a rating of 68.8 gigaflops per watt.

“With the launch of the first stage of University of Bristol’s supercomputer Isambard-AI, we're witnessing a groundbreaking moment for UK science, innovation, and technology,” said Minister for AI, Jonathan Berry. “This world-class equipment will revolutionize research possibilities here in the UK, with our world-first AI Safety Institute among the organizations who are set to benefit by harnessing one of the most powerful computer systems on the planet to drive forward their vital research.

He added: “Not only does Isambard-AI rank among the world's fastest supercomputers, but it also sets the standard for eco-conscious computing, leading the charge in efficiency and sustainability. From AI safety to healthcare and climate research, its capabilities are unparalleled, marking the UK out as a global leader in AI and responsible innovation.”