The Cerebras CEO will work closely with G42 to further develop its IT department using breakthrough AI systems.
Cerebras Systems, a Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence (AI) company, has entered into a strategic partnership with G42, a leading technology group based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement provides for the supply of three state-of-the-art artificial intelligence supercomputers worth approximately $100 million. The collaboration comes as cloud computing providers around the world look for other alternatives to meet the high demand for AI computing solutions, with Nvidia Corp’s products facing shortages due to the overwhelming popularity of services such as ChatGPT.
Cerebras Condor Galaxy systems have garnered significant attention for their advanced capabilities, challenging Nvidia’s dominance in the AI computing market. G42 has committed to acquiring three of these systems, with the intention of further expanding the collaboration, potentially obtaining up to nine more units next year. Systems are built in the USA for faster deployment. According to a July 20 announcement, the first AI supercomputer, known as the Condor Galaxy 1 (CG-1), will go live this year, while the other two, CG-2 and CG-3, are expected to go live in early 2024.
Cerebras CEO to move to UAE for three months
The $100 million deal begins with a strategic partnership between the two innovative entities. As part of this alliance, Cerebras CEO Andrew Feldman announced his intention to move to the United Arab Emirates for three months. During this period, the CEO of Cerebras will work closely with G42 to further develop its IT department using breakthrough AI systems. Feldman sees this as a rare opportunity to transform the market by creating cutting-edge AI computing solutions for various industries.
Based in Abu Dhabi, G42 is a technology conglomerate with nine operating companies specializing in data centers and cloud services. With the acquisition of AI supercomputers from Cerebras, the company aims to bring advanced AI computing services to industries like healthcare and energy, revolutionizing the way these industries leverage AI technologies.
The collaboration between the two companies represents a powerful combination of expertise and resources, with G42 securing a significant $800 million backing from US technology investment firm Silver Lake, which is heavily backed by the UAE’s sovereign wealth fund, Mudabala.
White glove service for success
Cerebras’ unique white-glove service played a central role in promoting the new alliance. G42 Cloud CEO Talal AlKaissi praised the company for their seamless support in building AI systems on their machines, making collaboration a smooth and efficient process. He hinted at the possibility of using excess capacity to deliver AI solutions to open-source AI communities around the world, with a focus on the vibrant US ecosystem.
“Cerebras offers what they call a ‘white glove’ service that allows us to easily build AI systems on their machines. There will be excess capacity that we hope to wholesale with Cerebras to customers in the open source AI community in many places around the world, especially in the US ecosystem,” AlKaissi told Reuters.
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