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Supermicro collaborates with Intel on large scale distributed training AI systems

Super Micro Computer, a specialist in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, is collaborating with Intel on AI solutions that are validated on the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for Training (NNP-T).

Intel’s NNP-T is a purpose-built AI training ASIC supporting the growing compute needs of deep learning training models.

Commenting Charles Liang, president, and CEO of Supermicro said, “Striking a balance among computing, communication, and memory, the validated NNP-T ASICs on Supermicro systems can train large AI models with near-linear scaling efficiency via intra- and inter-chassis links.”

The Intel Nervana NNP-T solves memory constraints and is designed to scale out through systems with racks easier than today’s solutions. As part of the validation process, Supermicro integrated 8 NNP-T processors, dual 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, up to 6TB DDR4 memory per node supporting both PCIe card and OAM form factors.

Supermicro NNP-T systems are expected to be available mid-year 2020.

“Supermicro has validated our Deep Learning (DL) solution and is helping us prove the Nervana NNP-T system architecture, including card and server design, interconnect, and rack,” said Naveen Rao, corporate vice president and general manager, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel.

With high compute utilisation and a high-efficiency memory architecture for complex deep learning models, the Supermicro NNP-T AI System is built to validate two key real-world considerations: accelerating the time to train ever-complex AI models and doing it within a given power budget. The system enables faster AI model training with images and speech, more efficient gas & oil exploration, more accurate medical image analytics, and faster autonomous driving model generation.

Neil Tyler

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