SUNNYVALE, CA & BANGALORE, INDIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) computing, today announced its continued global expansion with the opening of a new Indian office in Bangalore, India. Led by industry veteran Lakshmi Ramachandran, the new engineering office will focus on accelerating R&D efforts and supporting local customers. With a target of over sixty engineers by the end of the year, and over twenty currently employed, Cerebras is looking to rapidly strengthen its presence in Bangalore.
“India in general, and Bangalore in particular, is extremely well placed to be a hotbed of AI innovation. It has world-class universities, pioneering research institutes and a large national market of companies,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and co-founder of Cerebras Systems. “Cerebras is committed to being a leader in this market. Under Lakshmi’s leadership, we are rapidly hiring top engineers for Cerebras Systems India, as well as sophisticated regional clients looking to get the toughest AI jobs done faster and easier.
As part of the India expansion, Cerebras has appointed Ramachandran as Head of Engineering and Indian Site Manager at Cerebras India. Based in Bangalore, Ramachandran brings over 24 years of technical and leadership experience in software and engineering. Prior to joining Cerebras, she worked at Intel in various engineering and management roles. Most recently, she was Senior Director of Intel’s Data Center and AI Group, responsible for delivering key capabilities in deep learning software for AI accelerators. She has extensive experience in scaling up business operations and building technical engineering teams in India.
“I’m honored to be part of Cerebras Systems’ mission to change the future of AI computing and to work with the amazing team that made wafer-scale computing a reality,” said said Ramachandran. “We have already started building a world-class team of top AI talent in India, and we are excited to build core components here that are critical to Cerebras’ mission success. We look forward to adding more technology and engineering talent as we support the many customer opportunities we have nationwide.
The Cerebras CS-2 is the fastest AI system in existence and it’s powered by the largest processor ever built – the Cerebras Wafer-Scale Engine 2 (WSE-2), which is 56 times larger than the competitor the closest. As a result, the CS-2 offers more AI-optimized compute cores, faster memory, and more fabric bandwidth than any other deep learning processor in existence. It was specifically designed to accelerate deep learning workloads, reducing response time by orders of magnitude.
With a CS-2, Cerebras recently set a world record for the largest AI model trained on a single device. This is important because with natural language processing (NLP), larger models trained with large data sets are found to be more accurate. But traditionally, only the largest and most sophisticated tech companies had the resources and expertise to train massive models on hundreds or thousands of graphics processing units (GPUs). By providing the ability to train GPT-3 models with a single CS-2, Cerebras enables the entire AI ecosystem to set up and train large models in a fraction of the time.
Customers around the world are already leveraging the Cerebras CS-2 to accelerate their AI research in drug discovery, clean energy exploration, cancer treatment research, and more. For example, pharmaceutical leader GSK is now able to train complex epigenomic models with a previously prohibitive data set – made possible for the first time with Cerebras. AstraZeneca iterates and experiments in real time by running queries against hundreds of thousands of abstracts and research papers – a process that previously took over two weeks with a GPU cluster and is now completed in just over two days with brains. And Argonne National Laboratory is using a CS-2 to figure out how the virus that causes COVID-19 works. They are capable of running simulations with a single CS-2 that would require 110-120 GPUs.
The recent international expansion in India follows Cerebras’ global growth in Japan and Canada over the past two years. With customers in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Cerebras provides cutting-edge AI solutions to a growing list of customers in the enterprise, government, and high-performance computing (HPC) segments. , including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, TotalEnergies, nference , Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, Leibniz Supercomputing Center, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center (EPCC), National Energy Technology Laboratory and Tokyo Electron Devices.
For more information about Cerebras India, please visit http://www.cerebras.net.
About Cerebras Systems
Cerebras Systems is a team of pioneering computer architects, computer scientists, deep learning researchers, and engineers of all types. We have come together to build a new class of computing systems, designed with the sole purpose of accelerating AI and changing the future of AI work forever. Our flagship product, the CS-2 system, is powered by the world’s largest processor – the 850,000-core Cerebras WSE-2 enables customers to accelerate their deep learning work by orders of magnitude over units graphics processing.