AI at the University of Florida

Building an AI Powered Future

Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, machine learning, and other emerging tools are revolutionizing the way we work, play, and live our lives. The University of Florida is launching a new initiative to advance and apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) across the enterprise as a fundamental pillar of our academic pursuits.

This initiative will train our graduates for an AI-enabled world through new university-wide curricula. In addition, UF anticipates enhancing our research computing environment with some of the nation’s most advanced AI machinery. In combination with the latest version of HiPerGator 3.0 (January 2021), UF will have the very best and fastest AI supercomputer in U.S. higher education.

It is our intent to:

  1. build supercomputing resources in AI to tackle challenging real-world problems,
  2. become a model for “AI across the curriculum,” where any UF student who wishes to graduate equipped to engage AI in their discipline can do so, and,
  3. use this initiative to create a model for AI workforce development that can serve as a template for other colleges and universities in Florida and across the U.S.

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NVIDIA's technology powers two-thirds of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, including eight of the top 10. The third-generation HiPerGator will have access to NVIDIA's most advanced AI software and integrate 140 NVIDIA DGX™ A100 systems with 1,120 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and high-performance NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand networking to deliver 700 petaflops of AI performance.

NVIDIA DGX A100 exploded view

NVIDIA will also contribute its AI expertise to UF through ongoing support and collaboration across the following initiatives:

  • The NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute will collaborate with UF on developing new curriculum and coursework for both students and the community, including programing tuned to address the needs of young adults and teens to encourage their interest in STEM and AI, better preparing them for future educational and employment opportunities.
  • UF will become the site of the latest NVIDIA AI Technology Center, where UF Graduate Fellows and NVIDIA employees will work together to advance AI.
  • NVIDIA solution architects and product engineers will partner with UF on the installation, operation and optimization of the NVIDIA-based supercomputing resources on campus, including the latest AI software applications.
  • Establishing UF’s Equitable AI program, led by Dr. Juan Gilbert, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. The effort is convening faculty members across the university to create standards and certifications in developing tools and solutions that are cognizant of bias, unethical practice and legal and moral issues.
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