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In a groundbreaking development, NVIDIA has announced a collaboration with Reliance Industries to develop India’s foundational large language model trained on the nation’s diverse languages, tailored for generative AI applications to serve the world’s most populous nation.
The collaboration aims to build AI infrastructure in India that they claim will be more powerful than the fastest supercomputer in India today. Further, NVIDIA said that it will provide access to Reliance with GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip and NVIDIA DGX Cloud for exceptional performance.
This NVIDIA infrastructure would be the next frontier for Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm, which has already provided the country with high-speed network connectivity at economical prices. With this, Reliance aims to create AI applications and services for more than 450 million Jio customers and provide energy-efficient AI infrastructure for research to scientists and startups across India.
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To achieve this, the AI infrastructure will be hosted on AI-ready computing data centres that will eventually expand to 2,000 MW. The implementation and execution will be managed by Jio through its already established 5G spectrum and fibre networks.
Jensen Huang, CEO and founder of NVIDIA, said, “We are delighted to partner with Reliance to build SoTA AI supercomputers in India.” He further adds that India has the scale, data, and talent that can be fostered to create the most advanced AI computing infrastructure, using which, “Reliance can build its own LLMs that power generative AI applications made in India, for the people of India”.
Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance, expressed his delight on the partnership. “As India advances from a country of data proliferation to creating technology infrastructure for widespread and accelerated growth, computing and technology super centres like the one we envisage with NVIDIA will provide the catalytic growth just like Jio did to our nation’s digital march,” he said.
“At Jio, we are committed to fuelling India’s technology renaissance by democratising access to cutting-edge technologies, and our collaboration with NVIDIA is a significant step in this direction,” said Akash Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm. “Together, we will develop a state-of-the-art Al cloud infrastructure that is secure, sustainable and deeply relevant across India, accelerating the nation’s journey towards becoming an Al powerhouse.”
This announcement comes just days into Huang’s India visit for the second time. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss AI potential within the country.
Meanwhile, at Reliance’s 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held last month, Mukesh Ambani announced that his networking giant Jio is set to build “India-specific AI models” that will benefit different verticals of the country, including government, business and consumers to make them accessible for “everyone, everywhere”.