HPE has been selected to install a supercomputer the Maison de l'Intelligence Artificielle (MIA) in Sophia Antipolis technology park in France.

The Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council, MIA, and Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) will install an HPC system built out of HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 Systems and Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPUs at the technology park near Valbonne, to the southwest of Nice. The system will be used for AI & machine learning research.

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– Maison de l'Intelligence Artificielle

“The Maison de l'Intelligence Artificielle, a unique place in France, allows everyone to discover and experiment with artificial intelligence. All the players in the Côte d'Azur's AI ecosystem can come together there to co-construct the region's expertise,” said Charles Ange Ginésy, president of the Alpes-Maritimes Department and Chairman of the Syndicat Mixte de la MIA. “The computing platform provided by HPE is part of this approach and will be shared with free access.”

“This new-generation, high-performance solution will be made available to start-ups hosted at the MIA, experimental projects for the region, as well as to Université Côte d'Azur students to enable them to carry out various research and innovation projects.”

The system will be used by the Université Côte d'Azur students to study and develop autonomous vehicle systems, as well as cancer research, and the conservation of wolves in the Mercantour Park.

“We are proud to collaborate with the Maison de l'Intelligence Artificielle to support research efforts and help foster France's global AI initiatives,” said Jérôme Riboulon, regional director of pre-sales at Hybrid IT and director of the HPE R&D center in Sophia Antipolis. “Our innovations and expertise in high performance computing and our intelligent data platform provide the Alpes-Maritimes Department and its academic and institutional partners with an ideal environment to support the complex modeling, simulation, AI, and analytics workloads at the Maison de l'Intelligence Artificielle.”

Founded in March 2020, the MIA is dedicated to artificial intelligence and its applications, and aims to accelerate and raise awareness of AI and its societal challenges.