Tesla unveiled its latest iteration of its Dojo supercomputer, which proved to be so powerful it shut down the power grid in Palo Alto.
Dojo is Tesla’s own dedicated supercomputing platform, built from the ground up for AI machine learning and specifically for video training using video data coming from Tesla electric vehicles.
The automaker already has a large supercomputer powered by Nvidia GPUs, which is one of the most powerful in the world, but Dojo’s new custom computer uses Tesla-designed chips and infrastructure.
The new supercomputer will boost Tesla’s ability to train neural networks using video data, which is critical for computer vision technology to enable self-driving driving. A year ago, the company first announced the creation of Dojo. Now she spoke about the progress made over the year.
Tesla claims it can replace 6 GPU blocks with a single tile (Dojo tile), which the company claims costs less than one GPU block. On a tray (system tray) 6 such tiles. One tray is equivalent to “3-4 fully loaded supercomputer racks”. Tesla can accommodate two of these system trays in the same Dojo chassis. Tesla is still developing and testing the infrastructure needed to combine multiple cabinets to create the first Dojo Exapod, whose main specifications are already known: 1.1 EFLOP, 1.3TB SRAM, and 13TB high-bandwidth DRAM.
“We knew we needed to rethink every aspect of the data center infrastructure to deliver unprecedented cooling and power density,” said Bill Chang, Tesla’s chief system engineer for the Dojo project.
They had to develop their own powerful cooling and power system for Dojo cabinets. Chang confirmed that Tesla shut down its local power grid substation while testing Dojo: “Earlier this year, we began stress testing our power and cooling infrastructure and managed to increase capacity by more than 2 MW before we shut down our substation and received a call from cities”.
There are currently plans to build seven Dojo Exapods in Palo Alto.
Power reserve up to 400 km, power 95 hp and price from $12,500. Chery introduced an inexpensive electric car QQ Wujie Pro
Chery has a budget electric car with the parameters of an inexpensive gasoline passenger car. For Chery QQ Wujie Pro in China, they will ask from $ 12,500, while the characteristics are quite decent. So, even in the basic version, the promised power reserve is 301 km, and in the top version it is already 408 km.
With a length of 3.4 m, one could be generous with five doors, but alas, there are only three of them in QQ Wujie Pro. The wheelbase is 2160 mm, the wheels are quite adult – 16-inch. Door handles are made in a modern manner – they are hidden in the doors themselves.
In the interior – a minimum of physical buttons and a screen with a diagonal of 12.9 inches on the front panel. The instrument panel also has a 7-inch display. The car can be equipped with a panoramic roof and artificial leather seats.
The basic version of QQ Wujie Pro has a 75 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 28.86 kWh, in the top one – a 95 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 40.3 kWh. From the fast charging terminal, you can replenish the capacity by 50% (from 30% to 80%) in 30 minutes.
If you want faster, pay: Mercedes will introduce a subscription for $ 100 per month to accelerate electric cars a second faster
Mercedes-Benz announced that it will introduce an additional charge for the rapid acceleration of electric vehicles Mercedes-EQ EQE and Mercedes-EQ EQS. It is reported that the function “Fast acceleration” is implemented by increasing the engine power by 20-25 in a purely software way.
The subscription cost will be $1200 per year or $100 per month, so far such an original service is available only in the USA. At the same time, it is possible that in the future Mercedes will have other options, as well as expand the lineup with similar proposals. After payment, the machine will be remotely updated with the firmware, which unlocks additional power.
In technical terms, the Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 will have an increase in power from 292 to 354 hp. s., which will reduce the acceleration time by a second – up to 5.1-5.2 s when accelerating to 100 km / h. On more expensive versions of the Mercedes EQS 350, power will increase from 354 to 449 hp. s., which will allow the car to accelerate to “hundreds” in 4.7-4.9 s instead of 5.3-5.8 s.
This is not the first such project. Previously, BMW offered paid heated seats in the autumn-winter period. And Tesla made a similar option for the steering wheel.
Xiaomi plans to produce more than 10 million cars a year: “The only way for us to succeed is to enter the top five”
CEO Lei Jun has high hopes for the automotive business. He previously stated that this is his last big project, and recently said that Xiaomi plans to ship more than 10 million machines annually.
When the electric vehicle industry matures, the world’s top five brands will have over 80% market share; the only way for us to succeed is to be in the top five and deliver more than 10 million vehicles a year.
At present, the Xiaomi car research and development team has more than 1,800 people.
A couple of days ago, Xiaomi published its third quarter financial report, which showed revenue of about $10 billion, down 9.7% from last year, and a net loss of $200 million, while the company made a profit of 110 a year earlier. million dollars.
The company said investments in innovative businesses such as smart electric vehicles totaled $115 million, up 35.68% from the second quarter. In the first three quarters of this, Xiaomi has invested $260 million in car production.
Regarding investor concerns, Wang Xiang, president of Xiaomi Group, stressed that the company is on track and preparing to start mass production in 2024. He also said that the scale of Xiaomi’s investment in the automotive industry will not have a serious impact on the entire company.
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