"Developing infrastructure capacity and AI technology solutions in Vietnam" is the main content of the meeting between Nvidia and VAST

On October 30, 2023, the delegation of American corporation Nvidia (Nvidia) led by Mr. Keith Strier - Senior Vice President of Nvidia, visited and worked with Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). Receiving the delegation was Acad. Prof. Chau Van Minh - President of the Academy, Prof. Dr. Chu Hoang Ha - Vice President of the Academy, along with leaders of VAST's affiliated units such as the International Cooperation Department, Institute of Information Technology (IOIT), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (USTH), Center for Informatics and Computing (CIC).

This working visit of the Nvidia delegation aims to open up potential cooperation prospects in artificial intelligence (AI) development, large language model (LLM) development and national-level computing platforms. between Nvidia - VAST in the future.

At the reception, Academician Professor Chau Van Minh expressed his pleasure to welcome Mr. Keith Strier, Deputy General Director of Nvidia, a leading technology corporation. Currently, the fields of science and technology related to the 4th Industrial Revolution are being developed by Vietnam, especially fields related to information technology, artificial intelligence, and big data. Acad. Prof. Chau Van Minh said that VAST is responsible for research in the fields of science and technology, and IT is one of the main directions of interest with investment in internet technology, computer science, high performance computing (HPC) and large language models (LLM). In addition, VAST has 2 universities and hopes to contribute to improving Vietnam's capacity by training highly qualified research and technical staff.

Acad. Prof. Chau Van Minh added that VAST is a pioneer in bringing computers and the internet to Vietnam and even established a famous company in this field (Netnam). VAST has built a national key laboratory for network and multimedia technology (2004), and a modern data center (2018). Currently, VAST is implementing a national strategy on AI and applications through the AI Advanced Center. The center has advanced computing infrastructure to conduct research in AI and machine learning (ML). The center also has an IoT and Robotics Lab with industrial applications. In addition, VAST presides over the proposal to build the National Center for Big Data and High Performance Computing (HPC). For the large goal of building human resource for semiconductor and related industries, VAST has research institutes such as the Institute of Physics, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Materials Science and Institute of Information Technology.

Mr. Keith Strier affirmed Nvidia's commitment to support Vietnam and also said that Nvidia General Director, Mr. Jensen Huang, will visit Vietnam in December. Mr. Strier stressed that even before US President Joe Biden's visit to Vietnam, Nvidia was already present by signing a cooperation agreement with Viettel Group. Nvidia wants to support VAST in enhancing its capacity in AI, a groundbreaking technology that will impact most socio-economic sectors.

At the meeting, both sides expressed their desire to build a long-term strategic relationship to develop infrastructure capacity, advanced AI technology solutions, developing large language models (LLM), a platform for HPC and training human resources for Vietnam. A cooperation agreement between the two sides is expected to be signed in December to start a co-investment process for the future, like Nvidia’s motto for partnership, “You invest in us, we invest in you”.

Also within the framework of the meeting, Prof. Dr. Chu Hoang Ha and representatives of units such as IOIT, USTH, and CIC discussed further with Mr. Keith Strier about the information technology research situation at VAST; the need for infrastructure development, advanced AI technology solutions and human resource development for the information technology industry at VAST in particular and Vietnam in general. GS. Chu Hoang Ha and Mr. Keith Strier share the same opinion that in addition to infrastructure, it is necessary to improve the AI capability to create socio-economic values in Vietnam. AI in biotechnology illustrates such power to take advantage of huge biological data on the so-called “omics” - like genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics – and the abundance of natural ingredients, and to save cost and time to build powerful solutions for agriculture, healthcare and processing industry.

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Translated by Dr. Nguyen Hoang Duong

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