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NVIDIA and Microsoft Boost AI Cloud Computing with Launch of Hyperscale GPU Accelerator

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by Angela Guess

A recent press release reports, “NVIDIA with Microsoft today unveiled blueprints for a new hyperscale GPU accelerator to drive AI cloud computing. Providing hyperscale data centers with a fast, flexible path for AI, the new HGX-1 hyperscale GPU accelerator is an open-source design released in conjunction with Microsoft’s Project Olympus. HGX-1 does for cloud-based AI workloads what ATX — Advanced Technology eXtended — did for PC motherboards when it was introduced more than two decades ago. It establishes an industry standard that can be rapidly and efficiently embraced to help meet surging market demand.”

The release continues, “The new architecture is designed to meet the exploding demand for AI computing in the cloud — in fields such as autonomous driving, personalized healthcare, superhuman voice recognition, data and video analytics, and molecular simulations. ‘AI is a new computing model that requires a new architecture,’ said Jen-Hsun Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. ‘The HGX-1 hyperscale GPU accelerator will do for AI cloud computing what the ATX standard did to make PCs pervasive today. It will enable cloud-service providers to easily adopt NVIDIA GPUs to meet surging demand for AI computing’.”

It goes on, “For the thousands of enterprises and startups worldwide that are investing in AI and adopting AI-based approaches, the HGX-1 architecture provides unprecedented configurability and performance in the cloud. Powered by eight NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 GPUs in each chassis, it features an innovative switching design — based on NVIDIA NVLink™ interconnect technology and the PCIe standard — enabling a CPU to dynamically connect to any number of GPUs. This allows cloud service providers that standardize on the HGX-1 infrastructure to offer customers a range of CPU and GPU machine instance configurations.”

Read more at Marketwired.

Photo credit: NVIDIA

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