NVIDIA Powers Thailand Research Agency’s New Supercomputer With Region’s Largest GPU Cluster

NVIDIA Powers Thailand Research Agency’s New Supercomputer With Region’s Largest GPU Cluster

THAILAND—December 29, 2021—NVIDIA today announced that Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) will be harnessing the power of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs for its new supercomputer. With 704 A100 GPUs, the new public high performance computing system will be Southeast Asia’s biggest.

Running at 30x faster than the current TARA system, the new supercomputer will be hosted in the NSTDA Supercomputer Center (ThaiSC) to drive research by engineers as well as computational and data scientists from academia, government and industry sectors across Thailand. It will support research projects in areas such as pharmaceuticals, renewable energy and weather forecasting.

NVIDIA A100 GPUs will form the engine of the new supercomputer to accelerate AI, data analytics and HPC. Representing the most powerful end-to-end AI and HPC platform for data centres, they will boost data-intensive simulations and accelerate AI in HPC applications.

“The new supercomputer at NSTDA will expand and enhance research in Thailand, speeding up the development of breakthroughs that benefit individuals and industries in the country,” said Dennis Ang, director of enterprise business for the SEA and ANZ regions at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA A100 incorporates building blocks across hardware, networking, software, libraries, optimised AI models and applications to enable extreme performance for AI and HPC.”

“The supercomputer, which is expected to start operations by the end of 2022, is important for Thailand in terms of national disaster predictions and forecasts,” said Anek Laothamatas, the minister of MHESI. 

Prof.Dr. Anek Laothamatas, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) during his opening remark for the press conference on Thailand's new supercomputer to be launched in late 2022.

“The supercomputer will strengthen Thailand's position in HPC and research capabilities in ASEAN,” said Narong Sirilertworakul, president of the NSTDA.

The new supercomputer will enable researchers to benefit from real-world results and the ability to deploy solutions into production at scale.

“We chose NVIDIA A100 because it is currently the leading solution for HPC-AI in the market. Even more important is that many HPC-AI software applications are well supported by NVIDIA technology, and the list will keep growing,” said Manaschai Kunaseth, Chief of Operations at ThaiSC.

ThaiSC’s users are looking forward to the additional power of the new supercomputer, which will let them scale up their research projects once it becomes operational in the second half of 2022. This new supercomputer will accelerate innovation for Thailand’s efforts in medicine, energy sources, weather forecasting and more with advanced modeling, simulation, AI and analytics capabilities.

Kwanchiva Thangthai, of the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center’s Speech and Text Understanding Team, expects to see massive efficiency gains in speech recognition research pipelines. “We can gain competitive performance and provide a free-of-charge Thai speech-to-text service for everyone via AIForThai,” she said.

In May, NSTDA became the first organization in Thailand to install an NVIDIA DGX A100 system with NVIDIA Quantum InfiniBand networking and the first in Southeast Asia to use the NVIDIA Clara Parabricks® sequencing analysis software, which enabled the National Biobank of Thailand to accelerate genomic sequencing efforts, including a genome study to combat COVID-19.

“NVIDIA GPUs are the core of our molecular dynamics simulation platform. We are inspired by the ability to apply this technology to elucidate the behaviour of protein-ligand binding,” said Thanyada Rungrotmongkol of Chulalongkorn University’s Structural and Computational Biology Research Unit. “In addition, the power of NVIDIA GPUs hastens the research to find inhibitors against the coronavirus.” 

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NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s pioneering work in accelerated computing and AI is reshaping trillion-dollar industries, such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, and fueling the growth of many others.

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