TIN 2017-90731 REDT HPC4AI, High-Performance Computing for Artificial Intelligence




The interaction between High-Performance computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is creating a new horizon: “High-Performance Artificial Intelligence” (HPAI) that is fueling the growth of platforms, applications and products empowered by AI. Although AI is not a new field of research, recent advances in HPC have given AI the necessary tools to become a game-changing technology. Enabled by supercomputing technologies, AI techniques, such as automatic learning, in particular, Deep Learning, are making AI algorithms practical for many new use cases, and drawing a significant amount of interest from the private sector.

The necessary ingredients:

  • Large amounts of data (Big Data), generated by processes and sensors or gathered from digital sources.
  • An increase in available computational power.
  • The emergence of economically attractive use cases.

These three components combined are giving birth to a new generation of Intelligent Machines that can automate complex tasks and decision-making processes, complementing (and eventually replacing) machines and people in an accelerated fashion.

The intersection of HPC and AI shows that cognition can be computed in a practical way. This is a very active area in academic, commercial, industrial and governmental environments. HPAI combines the intensive use of HPC (statistical analysis and numerically intensive optimization) with AI (search algorithms, un/supervised learning and autonomous agents) to impact the IT industry and investment priorities in science and technology to influence all aspects of human life and raise its own great challenges.

The activities of the HPCIA network have been designed with the purpose of 1) promoting the dissemination of the knowledge and methodologies used throughout the Spanish community, 2) allowing close collaboration between the participating groups with the aim of optimizing and improving current applications, and 3) foster participation in HPCIA initiatives in Europe, ensuring the position of research groups on the international scene.