Reliance Industries has partnered with GPU giant Nvidia to work on building a large language model that is trained on India’s diverse languages, the two firms said Friday, as the largest Indian corporate firm expands into the fast-growing but locally uncontested space.
The companies will work together to build an AI infrastructure that is “over an order of magnitude more powerful than the fastest supercomputer in India today,” the two firms said.
“We are delighted to partner with Reliance to build state-of-the-art AI supercomputers in India,” said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive of Nvidia, in a statement. “India has scale, data and talent. With the most advanced AI computing infrastructure, Reliance can build its own large language models that power generative AI applications made in India, for the people of India.”
India, the world’s most populated nation, is currently not a prominent name in the AI space. The extent of Indian startups’ — and those of local larger firms — AI play has been largely to build applications on top of large language models built by OpenAI and others.
Reliance, whose biggest revenue driver is its oil business, has expanded to numerous categories in the past decade, including telecom and streaming, as it has sought to diversify its empire.
“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,” said Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, in a statement. “I am delighted with the partnership with Nvidia and looking forward to a purposeful journey together.”
More to follow.