The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) lab announced a new Research Partnership Program to spur advances in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning — Facebook will be giving out 25 servers powered with GPUs, free of charge.
The first recipient to receive 32 GPUs in four GPU servers is Klaus-Robert Müller of TU Berlin. “Dr. Müller will receive four GPU servers that will enable his team to make quicker progress in two research areas: image analysis of breast cancer and chemical modeling of molecules,” FAIR engineering director Serkan Piantino and research lead Florent Perronnin wrote in a blog post.
Facebook will supply server recipients with all of the necessary software to run the servers and will also send some of its own researchers to various institutions for collaboration.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement from Berlin in a live video feed on his Facebook page – he also discussed the latest in AI with Yann LeCun, who leads Facebook AI Research.
“VR is going to need 10 years to become a very mainstream big thing,” Zuckerberg said during the live video feed. “But we’re committed to this. We have the resources to be able to invest and use these investments across the world to bring the research community into this.”