China's Top Cloud Providers Adopt NVIDIA Volta GPUs to Supercharge AI Services, Top Server-Builders Adopt NVIDIA AI Design for Cloud Computing


China’s technology giants are adopting the new NVIDIA Volta GPU computing platform to accelerate AI for a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications.

Speaking at the GPU Technology Conference in Beijing, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced that Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, and Tencent are incorporating NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators into their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures.

NVIDIA also announced that China’s leading original equipment manufacturers — including Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei — are using the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture to offer Volta-based accelerated systems for hyperscale data centres.

Using HGX as a starter “recipe,” OEM and original design manufacturer partners can work with NVIDIA to more quickly design and bring to market a wide range of qualified GPU-accelerated AI systems for hyperscale data centres to meet the industry’s growing demand for AI cloud computing.


China’s Top Cloud Providers Adopt NVIDIA Volta GPUs to Supercharge Next-Gen AI Services

Alibaba Cloud, Baidu and Tencent Upgrade Data Centres
with NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU Accelerators


SINGAPORE—September 26, 2017—NVIDIA today announced that China’s technology giants are adopting the new NVIDIA® Volta GPU computing platform to accelerate AI for a broad range of enterprise and consumer applications.


Speaking at the GPU Technology Conference in Beijing, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced that Alibaba Cloud, Baidu and Tencent are incorporating NVIDIA Tesla® V100 GPU accelerators into their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures.


“AI is the most important technology development of our time, with the greatest potential to help society,” Huang said. “As the world’s leading cloud providers deploy the world’s best AI platform, with Volta GPUs and NVIDIA software, we’ll see amazing breakthroughs in medicine, autonomous transportation, precision manufacturing and much more.”


Alibaba Cloud, Baidu, Tencent Using V100 GPUs

Alibaba Cloud, Baidu and Tencent are upgrading their massive data centres, shifting from NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture-based systems to Volta-based platforms, which offer extraordinary speed and scalability for AI inferencing and training.


At the heart of the new Volta-based systems is the NVIDIA V100 data centre GPU. Built with 21 billion transistors, it provides a 5x improvement over the preceding NVIDIA Pascal architecture P100 GPU accelerators, while delivering the equivalent performance of 100 CPUs for deep


learning. This performance surpasses by 4x the improvements that Moore’s law would have predicted over the same period of time.

Broad Support for Volta GPUs

“Working closely with NVIDIA, we are taking full advantage of the power and efficiency of Volta to strengthen Baidu Cloud, Intelligent Driving and our other AI initiatives. By leaning into the most advanced AI technology available, we are accelerating the application of AI to create more opportunities for our customers and society as a whole.”

— YaQin Zhang, president of Baidu


“With Alibaba Cloud’s leading cloud computing capabilities and accelerating AI developments worldwide, we look forward to exploring enhanced AI-enabled services and cost-effective AI research and development by collaborating with NVIDIA and its Volta platform.”

— Jin Li, vice president of Alibaba Cloud.


“We use AI extensively on our products to improve the user experience, such as voice recognition in WeChat, augmented reality in QQ and Qzone, as well as providing data intelligence services on Tencent Cloud. Volta GPUs will enable our developers with unprecedented computing power to enhance our products, and we look forward to bringing the power of Volta with HGX to other businesses soon through Tencent Cloud.”

— Dowson Tong, senior executive vice president of Tencent and president of its Social Network Group



NVIDIA also announced that China’s leading original equipment manufacturers — including Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei — are using the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture to offer Volta-based accelerated systems for hyperscale data centres.


China’s Top Server-Builders Adopt NVIDIA AI Design for Cloud Computing

Huawei, Inspur, Lenovo Select NVIDIA Volta HGX Architecture to Build AI Systems for Data Centres

SINGAPORE—September 26, 2017—NVIDIA today announced that China’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — including Huawei, Inspur and Lenovo — are using the NVIDIA® HGX reference architecture to offer Volta architecture-based accelerated systems for hyperscale data centres.


Through the NVIDIA HGX Partner Program, NVIDIA is providing each OEM with early access to the NVIDIA HGX reference architecture for data centres, NVIDIA GPU computing technologies, and design guidelines. HGX is the same data centre design used in Microsoft’s Project Olympus initiative, Facebook’s Big Basin systems and NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI supercomputers.


Using HGX as a starter “recipe,” OEM and original design manufacturer (ODM) partners can work with NVIDIA to more quickly design and bring to market a wide range of qualified GPU-accelerated AI systems for hyperscale data centres to meet the industry’s growing demand for AI cloud computing.


New HGX server designs coming to market — with eight NVIDIA Tesla® V100 GPU accelerators in a hybrid cube mesh with NVIDIA NVLink™ interconnect technology — include Lenovo HG690X and HG695X, Inspur 2U-8GPUAGX-2 and Huawei G-series heterogenous servers.


With GPUs based on the NVIDIA Volta architecture offering three times the performance of its predecessor, manufacturers can meet market demand with new products based on the latest NVIDIA technology.

 “As companies increasingly harness the capabilities of artificial intelligence, demand continues to grow for accelerated computing in the data centre,” said Ian Buck, general manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “Our new Volta-based HGX design sets the standard for lightning-fast, energy-efficient data centres that can support the most demanding AI training and inference requirements.”


Highly configurable to meet workload needs, HGX can easily combine GPUs and CPUs in a number of ways for high performance computing, deep learning training and inferencing.


The standard HGX design architecture includes eight NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators in the SXM2 form factor and connected in a cube mesh using NVIDIA NVLink high-speed interconnects and optimized PCIe topologies. With a modular design, HGX enclosures are suited for deployment in existing data centre racks across the globe, using hyperscale CPU nodes as needed.


Industry Support for Volta HGX Platform

“NVIDIA is the world’s leading artificial intelligence and accelerated computing technology provider. Inspur has been focusing on the research and development of deep learning and AI computing systems for years; in May this year, Inspur and NVIDIA jointly released an HGX-based system equipped with the latest NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU and NVLink high-speed interconnect technology, which is designed to provide maximum throughput with higher power consumption efficiency for high performance computing in scientific research and engineering, taking AI computing to the next level.”

— Leijun Hu, vice president of Inspur Group


“NVIDIA HGX architecture provides exceptional capabilities and energy efficiency. Combined with Huawei's strength in computing and connectivity, we can provide an outstanding computing solution with AI capabilities to growing numbers of enterprises.”

— Wu Zhan, vice president of IT Server Product Line at Huawei


“New AI workloads are creating strong demand for high-performance and flexible data centre architectures. NVIDIA’s modular HGX design offers best-in-class performance for these new AI     workloads. Volta HGX designs will help us meet our customers’ needs while reducing their energy requirements.”

— Paul Ju, vice president and general manager of Global Hyperscale Segment at Lenovo


NVIDIA also announced today that Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent are incorporating new Volta architecture-based NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators into their data centres and cloud-service infrastructures.


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About NVIDIA

NVIDIAs (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

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