Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine News: DoE Supercomputer Gets 400,000 AI Cores

Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine News: DoE Supercomputer Gets 400,000 AI Cores

One of the more interesting AI silicon projects over the last couple of years has been the Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine, most notably for the fact that a single chip is the size of a literal wafer. Cerebras packs the WSE1 chip into a 15U custom liquid cooled server, called the CS-1, with a number of innovations regarding packaging, power, and setup. A single CS-1 requires about 20 kW of power peak, and costs around a couple million dollars (the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center purchased two last year based on a $5m research grant). Cerebras say they have double digit customers and several dozen units already in the field, however today marks a considerable milestone as the US Department of Energy now has one deployed and working, attached directly to a supercomputer.

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Author: Dr. Ian Cutress

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