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Singapore’s future AI research gets a boost from the opening of the NTU-AMD DS&AI Lab

By Ken Wong - on 10 Nov 2021, 10:11am

Singapore’s future AI research gets a boost from the opening of the NTU-AMD DS&AI Lab

150 students have made use of the lab since it was first set up in 2018.

AMD and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) announced the official opening of the NTU-AMD Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DS&AI) Lab last week.

The lab was first launched in 2018 when AMD provided one instance of AMD’s first-generation EPYC server processor and Radeon Instinct MI25 accelerator for hyperscale workloads. In 2020, AMD upgraded the hardware to keep up with evolving technology, providing five instances of AMD’s second generation EPYC processor and Radeon Instinct MI50 accelerator, designed with deep learning operations, exceptional double-precision performance, and hyper-fast HBM2 memory.

The official opening has been delayed until now due to the initial need to establish an official location and then Covid-19 concerns.

The Lab is available to all students in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme; there are currently about 200 students in the programme. In addition to using the Lab for their seminar lessons, these students also have priority to use the AMD-based server system for their Laboratory exercises and projects, giving them exposure to invaluable real-world machine learning and deep learning application.

About 150 NTU students from NTU’s Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme have benefited from the Lab's facilities since it was launched in 2018. These undergraduates attended lessons at the Lab and were able to access computing resources through the AMD server for their projects and other related activities.

Besides support from both AMD and NTU, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) established the 'AMD the Industrial Postgraduate Programme incentive' in 2019 to support 4 Ph.D. trainees at NTU, as well as playing an instrumental role in setting up R&D activities in the new laboratory.

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