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We’re Attending the OpenPOWER Developer Congress — Here’s Why You Should, Too. Insights from Nimbix, Mellanox, and Xilinx
Prominent OpenPOWER Foundation members have provided the reasons they’re taking time out of their busy days to support the OpenPOWER Developer Congress and send their experts and team members.
This is why YOU should attend too!
Nimbix Enables On-Demand Cloud for Developers
Why Nimbix is Participating in the OpenPOWER Developer Congress
As the leading public cloud provider for OpenPOWER and Power systems, Nimbix has embraced its role as a member in the OpenPOWER Foundation. Nimbix enables ISVs to get their applications ported and running on the Power architecture, and feels a responsibility to help the OpenPOWER community. This is what the company signed up for when it became a Silver-level member of the OpenPOWER Foundation.
Nimbix works to grow the Power ecosystem for application software and broaden the software portfolio on OpenPOWER. It facilitates this by:
- Providing ISVs and developers a Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipeline to deploy their source code on Power.
- Providing the ability to not just port, but to test at scale, on a supercomputer in the cloud that runs on OpenPOWER technology.
- Enabling ISVs that decide to go to market with their applications in the cloud to sell those applications directly in the Nimbix cloud.
What is Nimbix Bringing to the Developer Congress?
“Nimbix is proud to support the OpenPOWER Developer Congress by providing resources to support Congress activities,” said Leo Reiter, CTO of Nimbix. “Through our support, we will be enabling the on-demand cloud infrastructure for the Congress so that all of the sessions and tracks can do their development in the cloud on the OpenPOWER platform.”
Leo will be part of the team instructing cloud development and porting to Power tracks at the Congress. “As an OpenPOWER Foundation member,” Leo said,, “I will be working with participants to get their applications running on Power in the cloud and providing them with tips and tools they can use to continue developing OpenPOWER applications post-conference.”
Mellanox Educates on Caffe, Chainer, and TensorFlow
Why Mellanox is Participating in the OpenPOWER Developer Congress
Mellanox is not only a founding member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, but also a founding member of its Machine Learning Work Group. AI / cognitive computing will improve our quality of life, drive emerging markets, and surely play a leading role in global economics. But to achieve real scalable performance with AI, being able to leverage cutting-edge interconnect capabilities is paramount. Typical vanilla networking just doesn’t scale, so it’s important that developers are aware of the additional performance that can be achieved by understanding the critical role of the network.
Because Deep Learning applications are well-suited to exploit the POWER architecture, it is also extremely important to have an advanced network that unlocks the scalable performance of deep learning systems, and that is where the Mellanox interconnect comes in. The benefits of RDMA, ultra-low latency, and In-Network Computing deliver an optimal environment for data-ingest at the critical performance levels required by POWER-based systems.
Mellanox is committed to working with the industry’s thought leaders to drive technologies in the most open way. Its core audience has always been end users — understanding their challenges and working with them to deliver real solutions. Today, more than ever, the developers, data-centric architects, and data scientists are the new generation of end users that drive the data center. They are defining the requirements of the data center, establishing its performance metrics, and delivering the fastest time to solution by exploiting the capabilities of the OpenPOWER architecture. Mellanox believes that participating in the OpenPOWER Developer Congress gives the company an opportunity to educate developers on its state-of-art-networking and also demonstrates its commitment to innovation with open development and open standards.
What is Mellanox Bringing to the Developer Congress?
Mellanox will provide on-site expertise to discuss the capabilities of Mellanox Interconnect Solutions. Dror Goldenberg, VP of Software Architecture at Mellanox, will be present to further dive into areas of machine learning acceleration and the frameworks that already take advantage of Mellanox capabilities, such as Caffe, Chainer, TensorFlow, and others.
Mellanox is the interconnect leader in AI / cognitive computing data centers, and already accelerates machine learning frameworks to achieve from 2x to 18x speedup for image recognition, NLP, voice recognition, and more. The company’s goal is to assist developers with their applications to achieve maximum scalability on POWER-based systems.
Xilinx Offers Experts in FPGAs and Machine Learning Algorithms
Why Xilinx is Participating in the OpenPOWER Developer Congress?
Xilinx, as a Platinum-level member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, looks forward to supporting the Foundation’s outreach activities. Xilinx particularly likes the format of the upcoming OpenPOWER Developer Congress, because it’s focused on developers and provides many benefits developers will find helpful.
Xilinx appreciates the unique nature of the Congress, in that it provides developers the opportunity to get up close to the technology and in some cases, work on it directly. It also allows developers to make good connections with other companies who participate in the Congress — something that can be very beneficial as they return to their day-to-day work.
Companies that choose to participate by providing instruction at the Congress get an opportunity to talk with developers first hand, and receive feedback on their product offerings. Conversely, the developers have an opportunity to provide feedback on products and influence what platforms (everything OpenPOWER) are going to look like as they mature.
What is Xilinx bringing to the Developer Congress?
Xilinx will be bringing system architects and solution architects who will work hands-on with developers to create solutions and solve problems. These experts understand both FPGAs and machine learning algorithms, which fits nicely with the OpenPOWER Developer Congress agenda.
Learn more about the OpenPOWER Developer Congress.
As a scientist, I am always looking for new and better ways to solve problems and do things I’ve never done before. Supercomputing, in all of its incarnations, allows me to leverage larger datasets, and integrate across a larger space to address questions that were previously considered intractable.
This notion of making the intractable tractable in biology/biomedical science was first exercised with the sequencing of the human genome in 2003. Before 2003, genes were sequenced and analyzed one at a time; we didn’t even know how many genes were in the human genome, at the time estimates ranged from over 100,000 to as few as 10,000. We can now look beyond the cataloging of individual genes and begin to look at how genes interact and regulate each other on a larger scale and how that regulation confers a phenotypic variation (blue eyes, the emergence of cancer, onset of metabolic syndrome, etc.). These questions can only be answered by leveraging volumes of data that were previously impossible.
With the power of the Nimbix platform, we can now begin to move biology and biomedical science from a primarily descriptive exercise to an exercise where simulation and accurate prediction is possible. These predictions are only possible when tremendous amounts of metadata are leveraged. To enable leveraging of this data volume, hardware acceleration is the only viable option.
So, why join Nimbix?
Simple, the future of biomedical science is in simulation and predictive modeling. To do that you need supercomputers. As a scientist, it would be irresponsible of me not to be here.
Enterprises and developers now have access to the most powerful GPU systems available in the Nimbix Cloud
Nimbix, a leading public cloud provider for supercomputing-class workloads, deep learning and AI, announced today the immediate availability of high-performance NVIDIA® Pascal™ GPUs using the NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI supercomputer in the Nimbix Cloud. For an on-demand rate, customers gain access to the industry-leading native bandwidth of eight NVIDIA NVLink™ interconnected NVIDIA Tesla® P100 GPUs to launch or develop state-of the-art machine learning workflows, accelerated analytics and a host of other GPU-powered applications.
The Nimbix Cloud offers the most diverse set of GPU-powered machines available from a public cloud provider, spanning the NVIDIA portfolio and supporting configurations for both Intel x86 and IBM Power8 processors to deliver the best performance and economics available for both enterprises and developers. Nimbix Cloud machines are interconnected with industry-leading 56Gbps FDR and 100Gbps EDR Infiniband for optimal GPU cluster performance.
“Nimbix has tremendous experience in GPU cloud computing, going all the way back to NVIDIA’s Fermi architecture,” said Steve Hebert, CEO of Nimbix. “We are looking forward to accelerating deep learning and analytics applications for customers seeking the latest generation GPU technology available in a public cloud.”
“Combining the optimized performance of NVIDIA DGX-1 with Nimbix’s cloud platform provides customers a flexible option to run their most challenging deep learning and AI workloads in an easy to use cloud system,” said Charlie Doyle, senior director for DGX-1, NVIDIA.
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In addition to the rich catalog of DGX turn-key workflows for deep learning, developers can use the PushToCompute™ feature of the JARVICE platform to import the latest versions of their custom applications into the Nimbix Cloud and make them available for consumption at scale immediately. Each application, along with its dependencies, executes in JARVICE’s container runtime environment, which provides superior performance and scale. This includes sub-second launch times, faster execution, seamless access to supercomputing GPUs, automated heterogeneous data management, and rapid workflow deployment across multiple compute nodes either in a parallel or distributed paradigm. PushToCompute™ also facilitates continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) for the entire life cycles of containerized applications.
Nimbix is the leading provider of purpose-built cloud computing for machine learning, AI and HPC applications. Powered by JARVICE™, the Nimbix Cloud provides high-performance software as a service, dramatically speeding up data processing for Energy, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media and Analytics applications. Nimbix delivers unique accelerated high-performance systems and applications from its world-class data centers as a pay-per-use service.
No special skills needed to leverage advanced analytics from GPUs in the cloud
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., – MARCH 6 – Kinetica, provider of the fastest, in-memory database accelerated by GPUs, today announced its real-time analytics and visualization solution is immediately available on the Nimbix Cloud. Launched in seconds and ready to ingest data capable of delivering the highest performance from a public cloud provider on state-of-the-art infrastructure, Kinetica is the ideal solution for mission-critical enterprises, providing instant results and visualized insights across massive streaming datasets.
“Kinetica on the Nimbix Cloud harnesses the power of parallel GPUs to deliver real-time analytics and data written to Kinetica is automatically routed to parallel connections across the cluster,” said Amit Vij, cofounder and CEO, Kinetica. “The full Kinetica stack can be provisioned with a couple of mouse clicks from the Nimbix console or launched and automated with JARVICE’s powerful task API.”
“Kinetica’s GPU accelerated database platform paired with Nimbix’s Cloud is a natural fit for customers looking for industry-leading performance and ease-of-use from a cloud deployment,” said Steve Hebert, CEO, Nimbix. “With a few mouse clicks, customers can have unprecedented computing capabilities to help them solve some of their biggest data analytics challenges.”
The Nimbix Cloud offers customer selectable systems with either Intel x86 based processors or IBM POWERower8 Processors both coupled with NVIDIA GPUs to deliver the best performance and economics available for Kinetica customers. Nimbix is the only public cloud provider featuring NVIDIA’s latest generation Pascal Tesla P100 GPUs with NVLink, a high-bandwidth, energy-efficient interconnect that allows data sharing at rates 5 to 12 times faster than the traditional PCIe interconnects. Nimbix Cloud machines are interconnected with industry leading 56Gbps FDR Infiniband for optimal GPU Cluster performance.
“The IBM POWER8 NVLink server is ideally suited for databases and advanced analytic applications because the NVLink super-highway between the POWER8 CPU and the NVIDIA Tesla P100 Pascal GPU accelerator enables data to up to move 2.5x higher throughput from the system memory to the accelerator,” said Sumit Gupta, IBM vice president of High Performance Computing, AI and Analytics. “The availability of Kinetica running on these POWER8 NVLink servers in the Nimbix cloud enables enterprises to quickly try the real-time analytics of the Kinetica accelerated database.”
To learn more about how IBM, Kinetica, and Nimbix can help you take advantage of GPU acceleration for real-time analytics, please join our webinar “Democratizing High Performance Data Science in the Cloud” on March 21, 10am PST. Register here.
Download the Kinetica on Nimbix Solution Brief.
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Kinetica addresses today’s data paradigm by bringing Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to the datacenter. Built from the ground up to scale linearly, Kinetica’s distributed, in-memory database accelerated by GPUs delivers truly real-time actionable intelligence on large, complex and streaming data sets: 100x faster performance at 1/10 of the hardware of traditional databases. Kinetica makes real time a reality. Organizations use Kinetica to simultaneously ingest, explore, analyze and visualize streaming data within milliseconds to make critical decisions and find efficiencies, lower cost, generate new revenue, and improve customer experience. Learn more at kinetica.com.
Nimbix is the leading provider of purpose-built cloud computing for big data and computation. Powered by JARVICE™, the Nimbix Cloud provides high-performance software as a service, dramatically speeding up data processing for Energy, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media and Analytics applications. Nimbix delivers unique accelerated high-performance systems and applications from its world-class datacenters as a pay-per-use service.
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MaterialCompute™ will set a new standard for ease of use and accessibility of high-end computing services
RICHARDSON, Texas Jan. 18, 2017 — Nimbix, a leading provider of high-performance and cloud supercomputing services, announced today its new combined product strategy for enterprise computing, end users, and developers. This new strategy will focus on three key capabilities – JARVICE™ Compute for high-performance processing, including Machine Learning, AI and HPC workloads; PushToCompute™ for application developers creating and monetizing high performance workflows; and MaterialCompute™, a brand new intuitive user interface, featuring the industry’s largest high performance application marketplace available from a cloud provider.
Nimbix’s JARVICE™ platform powers the Nimbix Cloud and is capable of processing massively parallel turnkey workflows ranging from enterprise simulation to machine learning and serving all major industries and organizations. Unlike other cloud providers who leverage virtualization technology to provide slices of a physical machine to users, JARVICE™ delivers high-performance computation on bare-metal supercomputing systems using Nimbix’s patented Reconfigurable Cloud Computing technology and fully containerized application components for agility and security. JARVICE™ powers the Nimbix Cloud and is also available as a product for both hosted and on-premises private cloud deployments.
PushToCompute™, released in September of 2016, is the fastest, easiest way for developers to onboard commercial or open source compute-intensive applications into the cloud. Using the industry standard Docker format, PushToCompute™ seamlessly interfaces with major third party registries such as Docker Hub, Google Container Registry, and others, as well as private registries. PushToCompute™ is available as a subscription service and will expand to include build capabilities for both x86 and POWER architectures in the first half of 2017. With these new capabilities, PushToCompute™ will offer end to end continuous integration as well as continuous delivery services for developers of compute intensive workflows such as machine learning and other complex algorithms. Once deployed, these workflows can be made available in the public marketplace for monetization in an on-demand fashion.
MaterialCompute™, Nimbix’s newest offering, sets a new standard for ease of use and accessibility of high-end computing services. MaterialCompute™ aims to reduce clicks, improve flows, and optimize display on both desktop and mobile devices. With MaterialCompute™, users choose applications and workflows from the marketplace and execute these on the Nimbix Cloud at any scale, from any network, on any device, and leveraging any advanced computing technologies such as the latest GPUs from NVIDIA and FPGAs from Xilinx. Developers can also leverage MaterialCompute™ to create and manage applications, and interface seamlessly to PushToCompute™ mechanisms.
“Delivering optimized technology capabilities to different communities is key to a successful public cloud offering,” said Nimbix Chief Technology Officer Leo Reiter. “With this unified approach, Nimbix delivers discrete product capabilities to different audiences while maximizing value to all parties with the underlying power of the JARVICE™ platform.”
JARVICE™ and PushToCompute™ are available with both on-demand and subscription pricing. MaterialCompute™ will be available for public access in February 2017 and will serve as the primary front-end for all Nimbix Cloud services.
Nimbix is the leading provider of purpose-built cloud computing for big data and computation. Powered by JARVICE™, the Nimbix Cloud provides high-performance software as a service, dramatically speeding up data processing for Energy, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Media and Analytics applications. Nimbix delivers unique accelerated high-performance systems and applications from its world-class datacenters as a pay-per-use service. Additional information about Nimbix is included in the company overview, which is available on the Nimbix website at https://www.nimbix.net.