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NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud for Deep Learning and AI, powered by Volta GPUs

By John Law - on 27 Oct 2017, 5:22pm

NVIDIA launches GPU Cloud for Deep Learning and AI, powered by Volta GPUs

With its AI conference in Singapore done and dusted, the GPU maker recently announced the immediate availability of the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) container registry for artificial intelligence (AI) developers around the world.

Concurrently, the new cloud-based service is powered by the also newly announced Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) P3 instances, which are powered and accelerated by NVIDIA’s new Tesla V100 supercomputer GPUS.

“The NVIDIA GPU Cloud democratizes AI for a rapidly expanding global base of users,” Jim McHugh, vice president and general manager of Enterprise Systems at NVIDIA, says. “NGC frees developers from the complexity of integration, allowing them to move quickly to create sophisticated neural networks that deliver the transformative powers of AI.”

If you’re a budding developer poking into the realm of AI, you can sign up for an NGC account at the designated NVIDIA website.

Some of key benefits from using the NGC include the following points (as listed by NVIDIA):

  • Instant access to widely used GPU-accelerated frameworks: Containerized software includes NVCaffe, Caffe2, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK), DIGITS, MXNet, PyTorch, TensorFlow, Theano and Torch, as well as CUDA for application development.
  • Maximum performance: Tuned, tested and certified by NVIDIA for maximum performance, the NGC container registry enables developers to get optimal performance on NVIDIA GPUs running on clouds.
  • Pre-integration: Easy-to-use containers allow users to begin deep learning jobs immediately, eliminating time-consuming and difficult do-it-yourself software integration.
  • Up to date: Containers available on the NGC container registry benefit from continuous NVIDIA development, ensuring each deep learning framework is tuned for the fastest training possible on the latest NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA engineers continually optimize libraries, drivers and containers, delivering monthly updates.

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