Press Release Fraunhofer IAIS / 16.5.2024

Breakthrough for generative AI research in Germany and Europe

Together with AI Sweden, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS gains large-scale computing capacities for training large language models.


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