Musk is planning the largest supercomputer yet for startup xAI

Billionaire and tech mogul Elon Musk plans to build a supercomputer dubbed a "computing gigafactory" to support the development of his artificial intelligence startup xAI.

Musk wants the supercomputer, which will connect 100,000 Nvidia chips, to be operational by the fall of 2025 and "will be personally responsible for its delivery on time," AFP reported.

The planned supercomputer will be "at least four times the size of the largest GPU clusters that exist today," such as those used by Meta to train its AI models.

Since OpenAI's generative AI tool ChatGPT burst onto the scene in 2022, the technology has been an area of fierce competition between tech giants Microsoft and Google, as well as Meta and startups like Anthropic and Stability AI.

Musk is one of the few investors in the world with deep enough pockets to compete with OpenAI, Google or Meta in the field of AI.

xAI is developing a chatbot named Grok that can access the X social platform in real time.

Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but left in 2018, later saying he was unhappy with the profit-oriented direction the company was taking under CEO Sam Altman.

In March, he filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of violating its original nonprofit mission to make AI research accessible to everyone.

OpenAI claims that Musk's claim, as well as his acceptance of open source software development, is simply an expression of dislike after leaving the company. /BGNES