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YTL Power, Nvidia to bring the fastest supercomputers to Malaysia by mid 2024

Publish date: Fri, 08 Dec 2023, 10:04 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: YTL Power International Berhad (YTL) is collaborating with Nvidia Corp to build artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure that will bring the fastest supercomputers to Malaysia by the middle of 2024.

In a statement, the company said the announcement was made today in a meeting between Nvidia chief executive officer Jensen Huang and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

YTL will deploy Nvidia H100 Tensor Core graphics processing units (GPUs), which power today's most advanced AI data centres, and use Nvidia AI Enterprise software to streamline production AI.

NVIDIA AI Enterprise includes Nvidia NeMo, an end-to-end, cloud-native framework for building, customising, and deploying generative AI models from anywhere.

Nvidia H100 GPUs deliver industry-leading generative AI and can speed up large language models (LLMs) by 30 times compared with the previous-generation GPUs.

YTL plans to use NVIDIA NeMo to customise and deploy a Malay language foundation model that will be sensitive to Malaysia's multi-cultural heritage.

Also present at the meeting were Investment, Trade and Industry ministerTengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz and YTL managing director Datuk Yeoh Seok Hong.

"We welcome partnerships such as the one between YTL and Nvidia, exactly the kind of strategic collaborations targeted by our New Industrial Master Plan 2030. "By offering supercomputing cloud services and leveraging AI to power innovations, such partnerships enhance our economic complexity, paving the way for us to become a high technology and high-income nation while further positioning Malaysia as a top investment destination," said Tengku Zafrul.

The AI infrastructure will be hosted in the YTL Green Data Center Park in Kulai, Johor, a 500 megawatts facility developed by YTL that will be uniquely powered by an equivalent amount of on-site solar energy.

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, the telecommunications subsidiary of YTL, will own and manage the AI infrastructure that will provide AI computing services to the nation.

YTL Communications owns and operates a national mobile network and was the first to offer 4G and 5G services in the country under its "Yes" brand.

"This collaboration with Nvidia comes at an opportune time. In the 12 months since the launch of ChatGPT, we have seen how AI is changing the way we work, live, and learn. "Having our own supercomputing infrastructure and the ability to train talent locally will accelerate Malaysia's advancement towards being a top AI nation. "This will be the foundation for a digital economy powered by innovative solutions and applications built on our very own sovereign LLM," said Yeoh.

Nvidia Asia Pacific senior vice president Raymond Teh said the collaboration will help deliver advanced AI computing infrastructure to enable Malaysia to build its own LLMs and power the country's next wave of generative AI applications.

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