At the Open Compute Summit, Microsoft and NVIDIA unveiled a new hyperscale GPU accelerator for artificial intelligence workloads in the cloud. The HGX-1 harnesses eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs and high-speed interconnects.
NVIDIA became a household name through their graphics cards that gave PCs gamers extra horsepower to make video games run smooth and look gorgeous. Those cards today, with their graphics processing units (GPUs), have become essential components for high performance computing. NVIDIA is a leading manufacturer for GPUs involved in machine learning, cloud computing, and cryptocurrency mining.
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Facebook is beefing up its high performance computing horsepower with Big Basin, an AI server powered by eight NVIDIA GPU accelerators. Big Basin was introduced at today’s Open Compute Summit.
NVIDIA has moved from the desktop to the data center, emerging as a major player in high performance computing – and especially the booming field of artificial intelligence.
Intel’s acquisition of artificial intelligence startup Nervana arms the chipmaker with new software and hardware technologies as it seeks to gain more traction in the machine learning market.
The Big Sur GPU-powered server is the key to Facebook’s bid to create a smarter newsfeed for its 1.6 billion users around the globe. We see it in action at Facebook’s Oregon data center.
The ISC16 conference showcased the next generation of hardware to power HPC workloads, including Intel’s Xeon Phi processor, a powerful new GPU accelerator from NVIDIA, and Fujitsu’s embrace of low-power ARM processors for a major supercomputer.