NetApp and NVIDIA supercharge deep learning with New AI architecture

Tech August 09, 2018 15:15

By The Nation

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NetApp has introduced NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture, powered by NVIDIA DGX supercomputers and NetApp AFF A800 cloud-connected all-flash storage to simplify, accelerate, and scale the data pipeline across edge, core and cloud for deep learning deployments and to help customers achieve real business impact with AI.



"Companies of all sizes and across various industries are making significant inroads in using AI to solve real-life problems, especially in the enterprise. However, while very exciting, AI models and workloads are not easy to deploy, and many organizations are struggling," said Ritu Jyoti, program vice president, IDC.

"The NetApp ONTAP AI proven architecture is a powerful solution that will help users accelerate AI-driven business outcomes and overcome deployment obstacles."  

By leveraging the NetApp Data Fabric, ONTAP AI enables enterprises to create a seamless data pipeline that spans from the edge to the core to the cloud. This pipeline integrates diverse, dynamic, and distributed data sources, with complete control and protection. With massive processing power and capacity, ONTAP AI removes performance bottlenecks and enables secure, nondisruptive access to data from multiple sources and data formats, NetApp said in a press statement.

"Developing disruptive AI technology and turning this into breakthrough products and services for our customers is a vital requirement across many markets we work in," said Monty Barlow, head of artificial intelligence, Cambridge Consultants. "NetApp ONTAP AI powered by NVIDIA DGX supercomputers and NetApp all-flash storage is simplifying and accelerating the data pipeline for deep learning."

"Organizations everywhere are making significant investments in AI, but they often lack the infrastructure required to optimize their data for AI projects and scale their applications and workflows to create the business impact they expect," said Octavian Tanase, senior vice president, ONTAP, NetApp.

"NetApp's cloud-connected data solutions and new proven architecture with NVIDIA DGX create a single data environment for AI. This gives customers the control, access, and performance they need to provide the right data at the right time at the right location to their AI applications – all at scale and all integrated, managed, and protected by the NetApp Data Fabric.

 

ONTAP AI is a joint NetApp and NVIDIA proven architecture offering that combines the world's most powerful GPU solutions with the world's fastest and most cloud-connected flash systems and software.

According to the press statement, features and benefits include:

●        Deploy easily. Get started faster with AI by eliminating design complexity and guesswork.

●        Scale without limits. Organizations that are starting out with deep learning can begin with a 1:1 configuration and scale out as their data grows, to a 1:5 configuration and beyond. ​

●        Operate with confidence. High-availability solution design with redundant storage and network and server connections​.

"The combination of NVIDIA DGX and NetApp all-flash arrays meets the infrastructure challenges of today's AI deployments," said Jim McHugh, vice president and general manager of Deep Learning Systems at NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's leadership in AI and GPU computing, combined with NetApp's innovation in all-flash storage systems, gives customers a faster way to deploy AI with proven performance and a simplified operations model."