NAIRR; Govt-funded AI Research Resources

Posted by Keith Parker on May 6, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is driving the next generation of technological innovation and scientific discovery. This technology has the potential to solve some of the biggest challenges such as curing diseases and solving the climate crisis. AI will be the force powering the next wave of economic development.

However, driving breakthroughs and innovation requires the use of costly systems and technologies, which are out of reach for many researchers. The NAIRR Pilot program was created to democratize this state-of-the-art technology and make it available to academics, research teams, and universities. Established as a result of President Biden’s  Executive Order on the Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Development and Use of AI, the NAIRR Pilot program is vital to the continued economic leadership of the nation. As a leading provider of generative AI platforms, SambaNova is proud to be a member of this effort. 

Jennifer Glore, Vice President of Public Sector at SambaNova Systems said, “The NAIRR Pilot collaboration between the NSF, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and SambaNova Systems will bring broad access to groundbreaking AI resources and enhance US competitiveness. Together, we are unlocking the potential for diverse researchers to drive innovation, ensuring that the benefits of AI are accessible to all.”

Building upon this initiative, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy have announced the first 35 projects that will be supported with computational time through the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Pilot program. This is a significant milestone in efforts to foster responsible AI research across the nation. 

As part of this program, access to resources, including SambaNova platforms, are being made available for AI research by the NSF.  This access includes advanced computing systems at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the San Diego Supercomputing Center at the University of California San Diego and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as systems at Purdue University, Indiana University and Texas A&M University. 

Click here for more information on the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot program. 

Generative AI has the potential to be more transformative than the internet. By increasing access through a national infrastructure, the NAIRR pilot program is setting the stage for increased development, innovation, and national leadership of this groundbreaking technology. 

To learn more about the SambaNova platform that is building a national competitive advantage as part of the NAIRR Pilot, click here

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