XSEDE Science Successes

Bridges Plays Poker

Bridges-Powered AI to Play Against World Champion Poker Players

20-day contest at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh began January 11

Four of the world's best professional poker players will match wits with an artificial intelligence developed by Carnegie Mellon University and using XSEDE's Bridges system, located at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, to formulate strategy. The epic rematch will determine whether a computer can beat humans playing poker, a "limited information game" important as a stand-in for real-world problems featuring opponents who are hiding information.

In "Brains vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, poker pros together will play Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em over 20 days with a CMU School of Computer Science computer program called Libratus.

Noam Brown, a graduate student working on the project, explains in a video how Libratus utilizes the Bridges system, which made its debut in August of 2016.

"XSEDE has the computing power that will let us compute a strategy in real time against a human in less than 10 seconds. That's something we can't accomplish using our local servers," he said.

For more information, read the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science release.