Saudi Arabia and UAE buy thousands of Nvidia chips, why? : Okezone techno

JAKARTA – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have officially joined the race to develop artificial intelligence or commonly known as AI. Without any mitigation, the two countries bought thousands of Nvidia chips.

Collected from TechspotsOn Wednesday (8/16/2023), the two countries bought thousands of chips including the H100 which Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang called the first chip designed for generative AI. They are determined to become a global leader in artificial intelligence.

Arabs are known to have purchased at least 3,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs, with 14,592 CUDA cores, 80GB HBM3 capacity, and 5,120-bit memory, which are very expensive. Meanwhile the UAE bought thousands of Nvidia chips and developed its own flagship language model called Falcon.

By comparison, OpenAI alone trains ChatGPT on just 1,024 A100 chips. The two countries are expected to receive more than 3,000 chips by the end of 2023. The Saudi university is using the chips to build its own supercomputer, the Shaheen III.

It will contain 700 Grace Hopper super chips, which combine a Grace CPU and an H100 Tensor Core GPU. The chip is also used to make LLM, which was developed by Chinese researchers.

It is not clear for what purpose the two Gulf countries are rushing into the race to develop artificial intelligence. However, some parties suspect they will use artificial intelligence for purposes such as surveillance of their own citizens and maintaining national security.

If true, according to some experts this would be a dire prospect because their system may not have the ethical covers present in the Western version. And both countries notoriously don’t have a great reputation on human rights.

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