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NSF Launches AI Research Infrastructure Pilot

JAN 29, 2024
The pilot National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) will offer U.S. researchers access to certain supercomputers funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.
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Senior Editor for Science Policy, FYI American Institute of Physics
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The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Lab.

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The National Science Foundation launched the pilot version of the National AI Research Resource (NAIRR) on Jan. 24 in response to a requirement from President Biden’s executive order on AI.

A website set up to manage the NAIRR states the pilot “aims to connect U.S. researchers and educators to computational, data, and training resources needed to advance AI research and research that employs AI.”

The pilot program has four focus areas:

  • open AI research through NAIRR Open, 
  • secured, private research through NAIRR Secure,
  • interoperability efforts through NAIRR Software, and
  • educational efforts through NAIRR Classroom.

The computing resources currently on offer through the NAIRR include Summit at Oak Ridge National Lab, Delta GPU at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Lonestar6 and Frontera at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the AI Testbed at Argonne National Lab, and Neocortex at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The pilot program is accepting usage requests through March 1.

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