The world’s largest NVIDIA GPU on the sea
Del Complex have announced a Blue Sea Frontier Compute Cluster (BSFCC) which is an AI platform that can float on international waters and could be considered a sovereign nation state.
The goal is to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the recent U.S. Artificial Intelligence Executive Order and the EUs Artificial Intelligence Act. The company holds the belief that these actions are aimed at centralizing the management of artificial intelligence development under the guise of safeguarding the public. The only real solution is to relocate the business elsewhere, but that elsewhere does not necessarily have to be fixed to one position.
The Compute Cluster is a sea-based platform that can host up to 10,000 NVIDIA H100 (Hopper) data-center GPUs. This is a supercomputer floating on water that uses deep sea water for cooling. The platform has solar panels, but they aren’t enough to make the platform completely self-sufficient. The platform is powered by gas and steam turbines.
The Del Complex explained that the BSFCC meets all the criteria to be declared a state, which includes permanent population, defined territory, a government, and the capacity to enter relations with other states. This concept ringed a bell, and we can see that it shares some similarities with the Principality of Sealand, an unrecognized and self-proclaimed micronation located near the shores of England.
The PirateBay attempt to acquire Sealand failed, as England has since extended the territorial waters from 3 to 12 nautical miles, which is why Sealand is now technically within British waters, and it is unlikely that it will ever be recognized as a sovereign nation. Meanwhile, the BFSCC can move around and become a state in other places. Should BSFCC become a state, residents of the platform could enjoy dual citizenship, reduced taxation, and access to cutting-edge technology.
While this idea may appear unconventional, recent advancements in artificial intelligence have given rise to certain regulations that could hinder AI’s advancement. Del Complex suggests that a sea-based platform like the BSFCC could hold the solution.
The idea of autonomous floating cities with thousands of NVIDIA H100 GPUs was certainly not on our bingo list for this year. But there is little that can surprise us with AI-news at this point.
Source: Del Complex