South Korean IT firm CJ OliveNetworks is to deliver a six petaflops supercomputer to the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST).

GIST is a research-oriented university focused on science and technology located in Gwangju, to the south of the country.

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GIST's new supercomputing center – Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

The HPC-AI public infrastructure, hosted by the Artificial Intelligence Industry Convergence Project Group, will be built at the Super Computing Center at GIST’s Campus.

The new center is scheduled to open in the first half of the year. CJ OliveNetworks will provide GIST with infrastructure services including design and construction, consulting, and operation through a total of three stages by 2023. The system will include a GPU cluster and reportedly have 10 petabytes of storage.

When it first announced the new supercomputing center, GIST said it planned to invest around KRW 14.2 billion ($11.9m) in the project.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the use of HPC is becoming more important in major countries, such as utilizing HPC’s powerful computational functions to develop therapeutics and vaccines. We will contribute to vitalizing the AI ​​ecosystem by combining the capabilities and know-how of the CJ OliveNetworks consortium to build an AI common infrastructure," said CJ OliveNetworks official Seo Kyung-ho.

Founded in 1995, CJ OliveNetworks is part of the CJ Group conglomerate. Originally a part of Samsung and set up in the 1950s to manufacture sugar, CJ Group split in the 1990s and today operates in the food, pharmaceuticals, media & entertainment, and shopping & logistics industries.

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