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CSIRO and NVIDIA team up to extend AI in Australia

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 30 Mar 2022

CSIRO has entered into an AI Nations collaboration agreement with NVIDIA to build Australia’s domestic AI capabilities and accelerate the adoption of AI across industry, academia and the public sector.

The two organisations will partner on accelerated computing initiatives spanning a broad range of economic and social opportunities, applying quantum computing and digital twins for use cases across climate action and genomic medicine.

In addition to developing the AI and machine learning capabilities of CSIRO researchers, the collaboration will focus on national AI upskilling initiatives for students, researchers and industry professionals to improve domestic workforce readiness.

A working group of domain experts from both organisations has been assembled to identify pathways to impact and opportunities for co-innovation.

As part of the Governments AI Action Plan, Australia’s new National Artificial Intelligence Centre is hosted by CSIRO and will work with partners across Australia to extend responsible and inclusive AI, creating opportunities for every person, business and the country, according to a statement from the company.

CSIRO CIO Brendan Dalton says the agreement is important for researchers using machine learning and AI across CSIRO, in particular the Data61 business unit.

He says, “CSIRO has been using NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform for over a decade, and I envisage that this new collaboration will expand our efforts around AI research, startups and industrial ventures, grow a more robust local AI ecosystem, and support the launch of our new National AI Centre.”

Dalton continues, "This is an exciting step for Australia's expanding artificial intelligence capabilities. CSIRO has been using NVIDIA's accelerated computing platform for over a decade, and I envisage that this new collaboration will expand our efforts around AI research, start-ups and industrial ventures, grow a more robust local AI ecosystem and support the launch of our new National AI Centre.”

He says, “We will have people to support scientists and engineers to make sure their codes are running the best way they possibly can, and to make sure they have the right training to develop the kind of algorithms they want. I think getting these things right for innovators at a national scale is the best way to grow the AI economy in Australia."

NVIDIA's 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.

NVIDIA VP of worldwide AI initiatives Keith Strier says, "AI is transforming every industry, helping nations and enterprises make advancements in science, business, government services and more. Through our collaboration, NVIDIA and CSIRO are enabling researchers, scientists and students in Australia to use the latest technologies to power new discoveries."

“We expect the agreement to bear fruit quickly, as a well-defined shared vision, joint program governance and list of targeted efforts are already in the works,” he concludes.

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