UAE Tech Podcast: Deepsquare on High Performance Computing

Published December 12th, 2021 - 04:18 GMT
Deepsquare on the UAE Tech Podcast
Deepsquare on the UAE Tech Podcast

In 1965 Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel famously predicted that the number of components in an integrated computer circuit would double every year. In 1975, this forecast was revised to doubling every two years.

These exponential changes in computing power are visible all around us; but what you might not realize is that at the high-performance end, a few giant corporations control almost everything.
 

 

According to the DeepSquare project, today Big Tech control 76% of cloud computing. That’s an issue because it’s high performance cloud servers that power neutral networks and increasingly critical infrastructure, or are used by engineers, scientists and researchers across the world to train AI deep learning algorithms.

According to the DeepSquare project, today Big Tech control 76% of cloud computing

The MIT Technology review recently found that “training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes.” The Anthesis Group has found that 30% of the servers deployed worldwide remain idle. Finally, as many in the public policy sector are aware, many nation-states and governments are nervous about hosting their data on services which are ran by private corporations, based in the USA.

The MIT Technology review recently found that “training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes.

Today we’re talking with Dirmand Daltun, CEO of csquare.ai & project lead at DeepSquare. Joining the discussion we also have Arnaud De La Chapelle, an industry tech leader who has worked with IDEMIA and VFS Global at the highest levels, here in Dubai. Deepsquare is a European based project to make high performance computing distributed and privacy enabled, on the blockchain.

The data-processing center, based in Switzerland, runs on renewable energy. The heat generated by the center will be captured, and sold back to industry. Finally, a token based community management system brings Web3 governance structures out of the virtual asset market, and into real world infrastructure.

According to the DeepSquare project, today Big Tech control 76% of cloud computing. That’s an issue because it’s high performance cloud servers that power neutral networks and increasingly critical infrastructure

Deepsquare is based on a convergence of emerging technologies; for example it’s currently based on the ethereum blockchain. A lot of this episode was about figuring out how everything fits together, and what the future of distributed high-performance computing may look like in future. What emerges is the beginnings of a new structure for HPC, engineered with the principles of access, energy sustainability and co-ownership in mind.

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