Thierry Pellegrino on What’s New at the Dell HPC Community

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In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, VP Thierry Pellegrino describes how AI and HPC are coming together to foster innovation.

A lot of the HPC workload is starting to get more and more into enterprises,” said Thierry Pellegrino. “And, as you and I know, HPC is really a very difficult technology to go implement if you have not done it for a while, and those enterprises really need help. So we help them deploy. We help them also service and support with really relevant service personnel around HPC. And all this has been very well received, at least as far as I can tell.”

The newly announced Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI were built to simplify Machine Learning, deliver faster, deeper insights, and leverage Dell EMC’s proven AI expertise. Organizations no longer have to individually source and piece together their own solutions. Instead, they can rely on a Dell EMC-designed and validated set of best-of-breed technologies for software – including AI frameworks and libraries – with compute, networking and storage. Dell EMC’s portfolio of services from consulting to deployment, support and education helps customers drive the rapid adoption and optimization of their AI environments.

The convergence of HPC and AI is everywhere. HPC is great practice. AI is the buzzword. But the two need to come together. You can’t really get value out of your data if you don’t know how to use the highest performing computing cycles. You also need to think about how you use the data in storage and how you make it move around with a lot of networking gear. Low latency is still very important, so all this is coming together. And we see a lot of analysts. We see a lot of customers ask us for advice. What do we see? Based on the work that we do in our labs, we have partnerships with universities and research environments, but we also have our own clusters in our lab. And every day, we have multiple engineers playing with technology, finding ways to get some advancement and solve problems.

Dell EMC and NVIDIA engineered this deep learning design to be built around Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs.

AI is being driven by leaps in GPU computing power that defy the slowdown in Moore’s Law,” said Ian Buck, vice president and general manager, Accelerated Computing Group, NVIDIA. “Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI with Tensor Core GPUs empower AI developers to tackle some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Key features include:

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd and C4140 servers with four NVIDIA Tesla V100‑SXM2 Tensor Core GPUs. With 640 tensor cores, the Tesla V100 was the first to break the 100 teraFLOPS barrier for deep learning performance
  • Dell EMC Isilon F800 All-Flash Scale-out NAS storage for a deep learning enables analyzing large datasets concurrently for faster results
  • Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science in combination with the Dell EMC Data Science Provisioning Portal to set up, provision, monitor and manage the cluster

The Dell EMC HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among researchers, computer scientists, technologists, and engineers and promotes the advancement of innovative, powerful HPC solutions. The next Dell HPC Community Meeting takes place at SC18 in Dallas.

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