On August 30, Alibaba Cloud announced the official launch of its Zhangbei Super Intelligent Computing Center, with a total construction scale of 12 EFLOPS (12 quintillion floating-point operations per second) AI computing power, which will surpass Google’s 9 EFLOPS and Tesla’s 1.8 EFLOPS. The new construction is now the largest intelligent computing center in the world able to provide powerful intelligent computing services for AI large model training, automated driving, spatial geography and other AI exploration applications.
In addition to Zhangbei Super Intelligent Computing Center, Alibaba Cloud also started up its Ulanqab Intelligent Computing Center, with a construction scale of 3 EFLOPS (3 quintillion floating-point operations per second) AI computing power, which is located at the “Eastern Data and Western Computing Project” hub node of Inner Mongolia, and adopts green technologies such as natural air cooling and AI temperature adjustment to pursue a low-carbon development.
With the construction and landing of intelligent computing centers in various places, China’s emerging industries, particularly automated driving and AI research, will rise rapidly. By the end of 2021, China’s computing power had become second in the world while its growth rate ranked first.
In addition, Alibaba Cloud officially launched its full-stack intelligent computing solution “Feitian Intelligent Computing Platform”, which provides two modes of public and private cloud access, offering powerful intelligent computing services for scientific research, enterprises and institutions. Through advanced technical architecture, the Feitian Intelligent Computing Platform has achieved 90% parallel computing efficiency of 1000 cores, which can increase the utilization rate of computing power resources by more than 3 times, AI training efficiency by 11 times, and reasoning efficiency by 6 times.
Feitian Intelligent Computing Platform provides an overall solution of integrated computing power and big data AI based on its Panjiu infrastructure. It can run on servers with various chip types such as X86, GPU and ARM, realizing “one cloud, multiple cores”, and support the mixed deployment and unified scheduling of multiple processors, as well as application optimizing, improving some performances by more than 100%.
Alibaba Cloud revealed that the Feitian Intelligent Computing Platform has been widely used in the group, supporting the development of cutting-edge AI and e-commerce intelligent technology at the company’s DAMO Academy. The platform has also been used by XPeng Motors, DP Technology, SAIC, China Meteorological Administration, China Southern Power Grid and other institutions and enterprises, while supporting industries such as automated driving, drug R&D, weather forecasting and industrial energy companies to greatly improve their AI training efficiency.