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An A.I. Supercomputer Whirs to Life, Powered by Giant Computer Chips

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Cerebras CEO Andrew Feldman with a new A.I. supercomputer at a datacenter in Santa Clara, CA.

Credit: Cayce Clifford/The New York Times

Inside a cavernous room this week in a one-story building in Santa Clara, Calif., six-and-a-half-foot-tall machines whirred behind white cabinets. The machines made up a new supercomputer that had become operational just last month.

The supercomputer, which was unveiled on Thursday by Cerebras, a Silicon Valley start-up, was built with the company's specialized chips, which are designed to power artificial intelligence products. The chips stand out for their size — like that of a dinner plate, or 56 times as large as a chip commonly used for A.I. Each Cerebras chip packs the computing power of hundreds of traditional chips.

Cerebras said it had built the supercomputer for G42, an A.I. company. G42 said it planned to use the supercomputer to create and power A.I. products for the Middle East.

"What we're showing here is that there is an opportunity to build a very large, dedicated A.I. supercomputer," said Andrew Feldman, the chief executive of Cerebras. He added that his start-up wanted "to show the world that this work can be done faster, it can be done with less energy, it can be done for lower cost."

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