NVIDIA, US NSF Team Up to Advance AI Development in the Country

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  • NVIDIA partners with U.S. NSF to launch NAIRR, an AI-focused pilot program.
  • The initiative is aimed at broadening access to AI discovery and innovation tools. 
  • The project is expected to deliver advanced AI tools to researchers and educators.

American multinational technology company NVIDIA has partnered with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot program. “The initiative aims to broaden access to the tools needed to power responsible AI discovery and innovation,” the announcement read. 

The partnership announced Wednesday throws NVIDIA into a partnering circle with the NSF, which also involves efforts from ten other federal agencies, as well as a slew of other organizations. “By investing in AI research through the NAIRR pilot, the United States unleashes discovery and impact and bolsters its global competitiveness,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

Katie Antypas, the director of the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the NSF, said the pilot program is a vision of a national research infrastructure. According to the executive, the NAIRR will provide access to computing, data, models, and software to empower researchers and communities. 

As noted in the report, NVIDIA’s collaboration with the NSF underscores several efforts by the AI giant to advance development in certain areas. That includes educational and workforce training programs, enhancing AI literacy, and skill development across the scientific community. 

“With NVIDIA AI software and supercomputing, the scientists, researchers, and engineers of the extended NSF community will be able to utilize the world’s leading infrastructure to fuel a new generation of innovation,” said NVIDIA Founder and CEO Jensen Huang.

The NAIRR project is expected to deliver advanced computers, datasets, models, software, training, and user support to researchers and educators in the United States. At the same time, Antypas said the project will target smaller institutions, rural institutions, and institutions serving underrepresented populations.

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