A new comment from Elon Musk regarding Tesla’s secret AI training supercomputer dubbed the ‘Dojo’ program, gave a hint of what to expect as far as its capacity. The first mention of the ‘Dojo’ program came last year at Tesla’s Autonomy Day where the CEO stated “We do have a major program at Tesla which we don’t have enough time to talk about today called “Dojo”. That’s a super powerful training computer. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do unsupervised massive training of vast amounts of video with the Dojo program – or Dojo computer.”
Tesla plans to use the Dojo supercomputer as a place to train its Full Self-Driving AI. This past weekend Musk took to twitter in an attempt to recruit people for the program saying “Tesla is developing a NN training computer called Dojo to process truly vast amounts of video data. It’s a beast! Please consider joining our AI or computer/chip teams if this sounds interesting.”
In addition, Musk hinted at the computing power of the Dojo computer:
An exaFLOP is one quintillion floating-point operations per second, or 1,000 petaFLOPS. With companies like Intel and AMD, amongst others, trying to break the exaFLOP barrier, Tesla’s Dojo would truly be a futuristic cutting edge supercomputer should the company achieve such a goal
It is quite an ambitious goal and different than what has been seen from other companies. There is no confirmed timeline for when Dojo will be ready, but with the CEO looking for recruits it is a telltale sign that the company is actively seeking people to contribute to the program.