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AI and HPC – A Match Made For Technological Singularity?


Technological singularity is the notion that artificial intelligence (AI) could advance far enough that it could invoke massive growth in technology and create incredible and perhaps detrimental changes to human civilization.  I suppose that anything is possible, but it probably won’t happen in my lifetime.  Then again, High Performance Computing is providing a strong catalyst for advancing predictive data analytics across large datasets.  This is an inherent part of artificial intelligence – being able to gather deeper insights and quickly resolve the most complex problems.  Whether the goal is to build a smarter city, power an intelligent car, or deliver personalized medicine – we’ve only just begun to understand the true potential of artificial intelligence.1

The adoption of high performance data analytics, big data and a more cohesive open source HPC stack has fundamentally changed the landscape for building AI and deep machine learning applications.  Along with a strong HPC operating system and infrastructure coupled with advancements in AI, machines are becoming more intelligent at a faster pace.  They are improving their ability to recognize patterns, iteratively learn from data analysis and sharpen predictive analytics.  Industries starting to benefit from these AI applications include banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, shipping and transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and agriculture. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing, we now have greater opportunities to leverage underlying hardware and power the new wave of AI and data-intensive applications across industries.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for High Performance Computing is a specialized version of SUSE Linux Enterprise that focuses on the challenges of transaction-intensive computing environments and support for the latest hardware infrastructures for high performance.  In a nutshell, the most recent version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for HPC delivers:

  • Faster time to value with HPC Module packaging that includes leading-edge HPC components and enables easier selling, simplified maintenance and more focus – with affordable pricing
  • Optimized scalability and performance with Linux clustering
  • Accelerated innovation with added support for the Ceph File System support, enabling you to transform your enterprise storage infrastructure to reduce costs while providing unlimited scalability
  • Now commercially available as part of Intel HPC Orchestrator Intel used SLES plus a number of OpenHPC community components
  • Microsoft Azure Test Drive program includes SLES for HPC for a free trial
  • ARM64 partnering with OpenHPC, Cavium, ARM and others
  • Increase efficiency with Intel Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) support for performance and throughput

The outlook for High Performance Computing is strong and optimistic, with uses cases like AI and Machine Learning garnering more and more attention, and wider HPC adoption across many industries already utilizing data analysis today.  With open source communities like OpenHPC, SUSE’s growing HPC partner ecosystem and a cohesive HPC stack – the future is bright.

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1 “Accelerating the speed and accessibility of artificial intelligence technologies – a path to deeper insight”, a technical white paper by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel, November 2016 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development
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  • ecolman says:

    Exciting times!

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