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Singapore becomes first Asian country to purchase NVIDIA’s DGX-1 supercomputer

By John Law - on 30 Nov 2016, 12:29pm

Singapore becomes first Asian country to purchase NVIDIA’s DGX-1 supercomputer

The DGX-1 is NVIDIA's most powerful supercomputer to date.

The Singapore Management University (SMU) recently became the first entity in Singapore, and by extension, the first entity in all of the Southeast Asian region to have officially procured one of NVIDIA’s DGX-1 supercomputer.

The supercomputer is currently deployed at the SMU Living Analytics Research Center (LARC), where it will be used for studies and research of artificial intelligence use for Singapore’s Smart Nation project.

“SMU has been an NVIDIA GPU Research Center using Tesla GPUs for several years. The NVIDIA DGX-1 will give SMU researchers the performance and deep learning capabilities needed to work on their Smart Nation projects, which will further advance Singapore’s aspirations,” said Raymond Teh, vice president of sales and marketing for Asia Pacific, NVIDIA.

The NVIDIA DGX-1 is a supercomputer that utilizes eight Tesla P100 GPUs. The Tesla P100 is based on the company’s current and most advance GP102 Pascal GPU architecture, which is built upon a 16nm lithography. To date, the supercomputer has been deployed to a variety of institutions that specialize in Deep Learning, Machine Learning, and High Performance Computing (HPC). This includes companies like Google, IBM, and more recently, Microsoft.

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