The metaverse of Meta, soon accelerated by a superpowered computer, expected for 2022

The metaverse of Meta, soon accelerated by a superpowered computer, expected for 2022

The future of our social interactions in virtual universes, in other words the metaverse, requires the use of high doses of artificial intelligence and the availability of massive computing power. This was explained by Mark Zuckerberg, boss of Meta, on the occasion of the presentation of the financial results of his group, on February 2.. In order to meet this demand for artificial intelligence, he claimed that the ‘IA Research Cluster’ computer designed by his company is expected to arrive this year and will be the fastest computer in the world.

The fastest supercomputer in the world

Artificial intelligence is going to play a big part in our work to help build the metaverse. We’ve just announced our AI Research SuperCluster, which we believe will be the world’s fastest supercomputer when completed later this year. explains Mark Zuckerberg. This supercomputer is designed to speed up computer calculations. ” It’s going to enable new AI models that can learn from billions of examples and understand hundreds of languages, which will be essential for the kinds of experiences we’re building. continues the leader.

A supercomputer with gradual start-up and which will be fully built in mid-2022

The commissioning of the AI ​​Research SuperCluster (RSC) supercomputer will be gradual. It was announced by a blog post published on January 24. This must be ” one of the fastest artificial intelligence supercomputers operating today and which will be the fastest in the world when fully built in mid-2022 “. However, there was no information on the location of this installation or its cost.

Meta has been working on this supercomputer for two years. Its computing power is 5 exaflops with a storage capacity of 231 petabytes. It should be fully operational this summer, and the RSC should be the most powerful computer in the world. It would thus dethrone the Japanese Fugaku and its 0.4 exaflops of power currently in first place in the TOP500, the ranking of the largest supercomputers in the world.

Meta’s supercomputer expected this year

Necessary technologies for the metaverse

This prodigious machine is expected to soon be able to integrate up to 1,000 billion different parameters into its artificial intelligence models. This computing power will make it possible to create technologies necessary for the metaverse “ where applications and products based on artificial intelligence will play an important role says Kevin Lee and Shubho Sengupta, co-signers of the blog post.

Large groups of people speaking different languages ​​will play an augmented reality game together

The RSC computer will make it possible to build systems offering ” real-time translations to large groups of people speaking different languages, so they can seamlessly work together on a research project or play an augmented reality game together “. The metaverse project announced by Mark Zuckerberg in October 2021 is thus materializing.

Meta specifies that the RSC computer is isolated from the public internet, with no direct inbound or outbound connections. As for the ultra-sensitive subject of the data employed, Meta indicates that the encrypted data generated by users and used by Meta researchers to train models undergoes a confidentiality review process. This process confirms that the data has been properly anonymized. In addition, this data is encrypted and uses decryption keys that are deleted regularly, in order to ensure that older data is no longer accessible.

Patents to define the means to access the metaverse

The Financial Times, for its part, took an interest in the patents recently granted to Meta to understand how the firm will make its metaverse profitable. Almost all the patents relate to technologies directly linked to applications intended for the virtual. There are helmets, glasses or headband to access a virtual 3D environment. There are also systems to track the gaze, the dilation of the pupils or the frown of the nose. Another patent describes the production of a three-dimensional avatar inspired by a photo of a human. Finally, patents have been filed to personalize augmented reality advertising according to the typical profile of the user.

Meta introduces digital apparel, starting with a partnership with the National Football League NFL

We are also focusing on avatars, which will be how you represent yourself in Horizon [NDLR : Horizon est l’expérience de construction du monde social en réalité virtuelle de Meta] and through the experiences of other developers in the metaverse confirms Mark Zuckerberg. Meta offers a software development platform called ‘SDK Meta Avatars’ so that others can develop avatars. Meta is also introducing digital apparel, starting with a partnership with the National Football League (NFL) so everyone can cheer on their favorite team.

You can use your avatar on Quest [NDLR : casque de réalité virtuelle de Meta], Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. The avatar therefore serves as an additional bridge between our 2D social applications and immersive 3D virtual reality experiences. explains Mark Zuckerberg. ” We have a lot of work to do to make avatars as expressive and accurate as they need to be to fully represent us and help us feel present with each other. But I’m excited about the progress we’re making here concludes the leader.


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