Graphcore has opened its Southeast Asia regional hub in Singapore to support its local teams and customers across ASEAN, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Graphcore, maker of the Intelligence Processing Unit and IPU-POD datacenter systems for AI, has opened its Southeast Asia regional hub in Singapore to support its local teams and customers across ASEAN’s fast-growing economies of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore. The hub will also support its Taiwan and Hong Kong markets.
Demand for IPU-POD datacenter compute systems continues to increase throughout Asia, with customers choosing Graphcore systems because of their superior performance on today’s AI workloads and their ability to unlock new AI techniques for tomorrow’s emerging applications.
Most recently, Korean technology giant NHN and Korea Telecom announced plans to use IPU technology in upcoming AI datacenter projects.
Graphcore is also expanding its presence in Southeast Asia with the expert support of three new Elite Partners—Singapore-based NetWeb and Cxrus, and Vietnam-based INT2—who join Graphcore’s global partners.
Working with NetWeb, Cxrus and INT2, Graphcore aims to put IPUs into the hands of many more innovators across the ASEAN region—through cloud and on-premise deployments—enabling them to advance the application of machine intelligence in fields such finance, healthcare, scientific research, industrial, and automotive.
“There is a tremendous appetite for Graphcore technology across Southeast Asia and we are making excellent progress adding new customers and partners,” said Graphcore Southeast Asia Country Manager Philip Tan. “By establishing our regional hub in Singapore, we will be better placed to serve our in-country teams, support Graphcore users and open up more new markets.”
Apart from serving as a center for Graphcore’s operations in Southeast Asia, Singapore itself is a rapidly growing consumer of leading-edge technology.
Ranked as the world’s 8th most innovative country, Singapore’s vibrant ecosystem is often likened to Silicon Valley thanks to its vast community of start-ups, enterprises, and early adopters. The Singaporean government invests significantly in R&D, with up to $150 million set to be invested in AI by 2025.
Welcoming Graphcore’s decision to locate in Singapore, Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, said, “We congratulate Graphcore on their expansion in Singapore. This company is a great example of the UK’s exciting, innovative tech sector and of our world-beating expertise in AI and DeepTech. Graphcore continues Bristol’s long legacy of hardware engineering, and demonstrates the deep UK-Singapore digital trade relationship.”
The opening of Graphcore Singapore will create a number of new jobs, increasing over time. Details of open positions at all of Graphcore’s locations world-wide can be found at graphcore.ai/careers.
Graphcore will also be using its Singapore center as a base for collaboration with leading local AI research institutes and universities—another vital aspect of Graphcore’s mission to accelerate AI innovation.
Research labs and universities in Singapore interested in joint research collaborations can apply to Graphcore’s Academic Program for the chance to test and use IPU hardware in the cloud at no cost.