Sberbank and SberCloud have unveiled Russia’s fastest supercomputer, the Christofari, named after Nikolai Christofari, the first customer of the nation’s first savings bank, the corporate website reported.
The supercomputer was presented by Herman Gref, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank, and David Rafalovsky, CTO of Sberbank Group, Executive Vice President and Head of the Technology Block of Sberbank, at the International AI Journey conference on AI development and use.
The architecture and computing power of the Christofari supercomputer let stakeholders train models based on deep neural networks in record time. The use of supercomputer resources will improve the efficiency of problem solving in a wide range of areas, like natural language processing, computer vision, automated decision-making, risk assessment and management, fraud detection, predictive analytics, creating voice assistants and chat bots, etc. The supercomputer can be used by research, commercial, and government organizations operating in various sectors of the economy, such as oil and gas, banking, telecommunications, retail, chemical, healthcare and others.
“Businesses, government, and scientific organizations need high performance computing powers of a supercomputer to work with AI algorithms. The cloud makes it available for companies of any size, so even a small startup can get an enormous computing capacity, just like a major corporation, with no need to create or grow its own IT infrastructure, or employ specialists to maintain it. The second key value is the speed of model learning and high performance computing, which is unprecedented for Russia. This cuts time to market for products and services, while also speeding up the accomplishment of tasks for businesses and science, as some machine learning tasks cannot be completed without large computing resources like that. It means that the presentation of the supercomputer on the Russian IT market will unlock the creation of completely new AI solutions and technologies,” David Rafalovsky said.
The computational capacity of the Christofari supercomputer will be made available to users of SberCloud, Sberbank’s cloud solution, making the design and use of artificial intelligence algorithms as fast and convenient as possible.