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OCF Becomes Elite Partner with NVIDIA

Today OCF in the UK announced it has achieved Elite Partner status with NVIDIA for Accelerated Computing, becoming only the second business partner in Northern Europe to achieve this level.

For customers using GPUs, or potential customers, earning this specialty ‘underwrites’ our service and gives them extra confidence that we possess the skills and knowledge to deliver the processing power to support their businesses,” says Steve Reynolds, Sales Director at OCF. “This award complements OCF’s portfolio of partner accreditations and demonstrates our commitment to the vendor.”

Awarded in recognition of OCF’s ability and competency to integrate a wide portfolio of NVIDIA’s Accelerated Computing products including TESLA P100 and DGX-1, the Elite Partner level is only awarded to partners that have the knowledge and skills to support the integration of GPUs, as well as the industry reach to support and attract the right companies and customers using accelerators.

OCF has been a business partner with NVIDIA for over a decade and has designed, built, installed and supported a number of systems throughout the UK that include GPUs. Most recently, OCF designed, integrated and configured ‘Blue Crystal 4’, a High Performance Computing system at the University of Bristol, which includes 32 nodes with 2 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs accelerators each.

In addition, as a partner of IBM and NVIDIA via the OpenPOWER Foundation, OCF has supplied two IBM Power Systems S822LC for HPC systems, codenamed ‘Minsky’, to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The two systems, which pair a POWER8 CPU with 4 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators, are being used to aid world-leading scientific research projects as well as teaching, making QMUL one of the first universities in Britain to use these powerful deep learning machines. The university was also the first in Europe to deploy an NVIDIA DGX-1 system, described as the world’s first AI supercomputer in a box.

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