Executive Mosaic is pleased to introduce Anthony Robbins, federal vice president at NVIDIA, as a recipient of the 2021 Wash100 Award for his leadership and significant contributions to the advancement and development of artificial intelligence capabilities and transformation in the federal sector.
This marks Robbins’s fourth Wash100 Award in his career and third straight since 2019. For his 2020 Wash100 Award win, Robbins was recognized for helping to lead the use of artificial intelligence to drive innovation in the federal sector.
“Anthony Robbins is among the most omnipresent forces in the public sector, artificial intelligence space. Tirelessly educating, connecting, promoting AI and amplifying the warning that the U.S. must win the battle for AI superiority,” Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award. Anthony Robbins is a patriot. A present-day Paul Revere and respected expert industry-wide source on the critically important topic of artificial intelligence.”
In April 2020, NVIDIA was named to a research and development consortium focused on driving the discussion on high-performance computing and its role in generating insights into the COVID-19 pandemic.
NVIDIA, which supplied graphics processing units for the Summit HPC at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, had been working with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Arizona State University on COVID-19 research prior to the announcement.
The company also delivered a cluster of its DGX A100 chip to the Argonne National Lab in Illinois to support COVID-19 studies. The software-defined chip has a computing capacity of five petaflops and is designed to handle large volumes of AI workload.
DGX SuperPOD, which has a 700-petaflop computing capacity, was also launched that May. The HPC platform comes as part of a $70 million project with the University of Florida to help process massive amounts of data for research into climate change, sea levels, agriculture and population.
Beyond academic partnerships, Robbins also spoke about the need for defense industrial base entities like NVIDIA to collaborate with the government to accelerate AI implementation.
In an interview with FedScoop aired in December, Robbins noted that the federal sector must also reach out to startups to achieve mission objectives for data, talent and infrastructure.
“[AI] is the largest technology transformation that the federal government has ever undertaken,” he noted. “And [there are] compelling reasons why it is so big, why it is so now, and why the government has to go much faster.”
Robbins has been vocal in his support for the government’s use of AI to address key national issues. In a September blog post, Robbins wrote that NVIDIA has reinforced its commitment to AI deployment by providing stakeholders with platforms for collaboration such as the GPU Technology Conference.
He added that despite the federal government’s commitment to AI, the implementation of emerging technologies cannot be achieved alone.
“It requires collaboration and investment across government, industry and academia; education and training to ensure our government has the talent and skills needed to take on this immense opportunity; and awareness and access to use cases that illustrate what AI can achieve,” said Robbins.
NVIDIA’s commitment is evident in its opportunities and partnerships over the past year. In June, NVIDIA partnered with Mercury Systems to integrate the former’s Turing supercomputer microarchitecture with Mercury’s new GPU engine for processing aerospace and defense workloads such as electronic warfare and sensor fusion.
“The rapid advancements made in parallel processing and HPC have had a significant impact on the ways that companies like Mercury are applying AI to solve real-world problems across all industries,” said Robbins.
Executive Mosaic congratulates NVIDIA and Anthony Robbins on his 2021 Wash100 Award. Robbins’ drive for AI implementation and practices demonstrates the on-the-pulse vision he possesses on one of the most significant technological advancements of future of our landscape.
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