AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI) is the largest scale computing infrastructure in the world (as of 2018) for artificial intelligence processing, built and operated by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), began operations in August 2018.
AIST has launched the “ABCI Grand Challenge” program to support the challenge of the most significant issues in the field of artificial intelligence that can only be made possible through enormous computing power, as well as impactful social issues utilizing artificial intelligence, big data, and quantum computation. Upon the recent growing demand for large-scale language models, we are now introducing a new “Large-scale Language Model Building Support” program.
ABCI has been set maximum number of parallel jobs and their execution time in order to avoid excessively long waiting times for jobs. However, this limitation makes it difficult to execute jobs that require a huge amount of computation, such as large-scale language models. This program allows ABCI users who wish to build large-scale language models to reserve large amount of resource. Please note that ABCI points should be obtained in charge by the ABCI users to execute this program. Unlike the Grand Challenge, AIST never grants free ABCI points in this program.