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06/20/2024 |

Dell and Super Micro Power Musk’s AI Ambitions

This is an image posted by DELL CEO, Michael Dell, showing server racks they're providing for xAI's new factory.

Partnership Announcement

DELL (Dell Technologies) and SMCI (Super Micro Computer) will supply server racks for Elon Musk’s AI startup, xAI. Musk revealed this exciting collaboration via his X account. Dell will be responsible for assembling half of the racks, while Super Micro will handle the rest. This partnership is set to propel xAI’s ambitious supercomputer project forward, aiming to enhance the AI landscape significantly.

Details and Confirmations

Super Micro, renowned for its close ties with Nvidia and innovative liquid-cooling technology, confirmed its collaboration with xAI. Dell’s CEO, Michael Dell, also highlighted the company’s efforts in building an “AI factory” with Nvidia, designed to power the next version of xAI’s chatbot, Grok. This development underscores the growing synergy between major tech companies in advancing AI capabilities. The AI factory will play a crucial role in the training and development of xAI’s AI models.

Ambitious Goals and Future Plans

Training AI models like xAI’s Grok demands extensive computing power, with the Grok 2 model utilizing around 20,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs. Musk anticipates that future models will require as many as 100,000 Nvidia H100 chips. The goal is to have the supercomputer operational by fall 2025, marking a significant milestone for xAI. Founded last year, xAI aims to challenge industry giants like Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Alphabet’s Google, continuing Musk’s legacy of innovation in the AI sector.