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Optical processors: UK startup Lumai revolutionizes AI compute stack for next-level performance

During Computex 2024, Lumai joined the UK semiconductor delegation to Taiwan, attracting the attention of local semiconductor supply chain companies and venture capital firms.

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Lumai listed in TechRound AITech35

Lumai is developing an AI processor to make AI more sustainable and capable. The company enables AI deployment at scale with the fastest, most energy-efficient AI hardware. By using 3D optical computing, Lumai helps cloud computing providers and enterprises to unlock the full potential of AI.

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Startups are working overtime to reduce the massive climate impact of AI

Startups like Oxford, UK-based Lumai are now developing new chips using photonics technology — which uses light rather than silicon to transmit computation information — to build processors specifically for AI development, which use less energy than a GPU.

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11 AI startups to watch, according to investors

Investors from Speedinvest, Runa Capital, Apex Ventures and Octopus Ventures share the AI startups on their watchlists.

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DCW 2024: Phil Burr, Head of Product at Lumai

“The AI processor which we are designing offers a leap in performance and uses a fraction of the energy compared to current AI accelerators. Not only can we help customers close the gap between AI processing demand and supply, we can also help our customers meet their net zero goals.”

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World Engineering Day: how can we make AI as sustainable as possible?

With the rapid deployment of AI, this year’s World Engineering Day is the perfect opportunity to take a look at what can and is being done to make AI as sustainable as possible.

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In 2024, will AI finally step up in the battle against climate change?

“AI presents many opportunities to reduce climate change or reduce the impact of climate change,” Phil Burr, the Head of Product at Lumai, an Oxford University spin-out creating 3D optical computing for AI, told TFN.

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Lumai promises an AI computing revolution

Phillip Burr, recently appointed Head of Product at Lumai, explains the company’s mission to deliver fully optical computing that can compute at faster speeds and at greater scales ‘than ever before’. Lumai is developing 3D optics that can perform computations 1000x faster than traditional electronics, while consuming only 1/100th of the energy.

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Predictions 2024: HPC-AI, Quantum, Storage and Data Management, Optical Computing, Containers, GenAI — Where It’s All Going

“As new uses of AI continue to open up, AI compute hardware demand will further outstrip supply,” says Phil Burr, Lumai's Head of Product.

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AI practitioners and investors provide an insight into 2024's technological landscape

Our Head of Product, Phil Burr, shares his expert insights on the potential of AI in 2024.

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Sustainable datacentres and the role of technology

The last couple of years have seen a large leap in AI processing within datacentres. While this is no doubt set to continue, there is, however, the unfortunate truth that without a step-change in energy-efficiency, AI applications in the future will increasingly be limited by both the energy cost and environmental impact of AI processing.

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Speed, Sustainability, Scale: How Optical Matrix Multiplication Will Transform AI

Matrix multiplication forms the backbone of all AI computations. The high throughput at low latency that comes with 3D optical computing is particularly valuable for AI inference tasks.

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Intel lists winners in London startup accelerator program

Intel Corp. has announced 10 startups that will join a 12-week, London-based accelerator program to help the companies raise funds and make connections called Intel Ignite. Lumai joins the first cohort.

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Can we drive artificial intelligence’s exponential growth sustainably?

The scale of growth of AI is drawing increasing concern about factors such as cost and the environmental impact of huge machine learning technologies. Optics could be a solution in addressing this.

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How computing bottlenecks could throttle the UK's generative AI sector

If the UK can use its new investment in AI to unblock computing bottlenecks, it can not only keep pace with the growth of generative AI, but help lead it.

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Founder’s insight: Is the UK ready to lead the way in unleashing Generative AI?

Lumai, a company that emerged from The University of Oxford in January 2022, is at the forefront of developing next-generation AI...

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Can photonics deliver the next breakthrough in research computing?

Photonic computing technologies are seeing rapid growth in research output and technology development...

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The Engineer - Comment: How optical computing can shape the future of ChatGPT

Optical computing is an innovative, game-changing technology that can be applied to accelerate power-hungry AI models such as ChatGPT, says Tim Weil, CEO and Co-Founder, Lumai...

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Optical computing for more sustainable artificial intelligence

An Oxford university spin-out is developing faster and more efficient optical neural networks...

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What is generative AI anyway? Everything we know so far

First we had the world wide web; then smartphones came along to change our digital lives. Now VCs are excited that the next revolution could be here — one that's based on generative AI...

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Lumai lands £1.1m grant to achieve 'world’s fastest computation' and power the AI revolution

Today the UK government’s national innovation agency — Innovate UK — has awarded a £1.1m grant to Oxford-based optical computing startup Lumai, another sign that governments are increasingly investing in the strategic tech of the future...

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