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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is building an expensive new AI GPU cluster for medical research

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s foundation is funding the construction of a massive computing system for medical research. It’ll be made up of more than 1,000 GPUs. And these aren’t just any graphics card — they’re top-of-the-line H100 GPUs that are highly sought after for AI-focused servers.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is making really bold claims about what it hopes this computing system will be able to do. A press release claims the computing system “will lead to groundbreaking new discoveries that could help cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century.”

The aim is to give researchers access to generative AI to study healthy and diseased cells. Using predictive models of human cells can help…

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