DFKI Installs New NVIDIA DGX A100 System for Accelerating Artificial Intelligence Research

Kaiserslautern, 28.07.2020 – The machine learning computing center at DFKI is growing: the first NVIDIA DGX A100, a new high-performance AI system , was put into operation today and integrated into the DFKI infrastructure. DFKI plans to install an additional four DGX A100 systems, making DFKI a leader in NVIDIA-powered AI research.

Detail of the DGXA100
The highly efficient data center for machine learning at DFKI has been expanded with the first NVIDIA DGX A100. And four more will follow in the coming months.

The new NVIDIA DGX A100 system will increase the processing power of DFKI's machine learning cluster from the current 20 petaFLOPS to 45 petaFLOPS. Each NVIDIA DGX A100 offers five PetaFLOPS of performance with eight NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs. One PetaFLOPS corresponds to 1 quadrillion computing operations per second. The energy consumption of the highly efficient computing center is being further optimized. Whereas previous systems at DFKI consumed about five kilowatts per petaFLOPS, the NVIDIA DGX A100 consumes only about 1.2 kilowatts per petaFLOPS.

The NVIDIA DGX A100 is expected to significantly accelerate AI research into learning systems and their explainability to make complex AI algorithms available for practical use in industry.

“A high-performance platform like the NVIDIA DGX A100 provides a critical foundation for data-rich and computationally intensive AI methods,” says Prof. Andreas Dengel, Executive Director Kaiserslautern and head of the Research Department Smart Data & Knowledge Services in Kaiserslautern. "Due to the immense increase of data volumes in the most diverse fields of application, many of our research projects require high-performance AI computing systems to continue to serve the market."

“DFKI’s boundary-pushing research demands an equally advanced AI infrastructure that can deliver insights to fuel their endeavors,” said Tony Paikeday, senior director of product marketing for DGX systems at NVIDIA. “The NVIDIA DGX A100 is the ultimate tool for accelerating scientific exploration, providing the computational resources DFKI needs, across data analytics, training and inference, and offering unprecedented compute density, performance, and flexibility.”

In addition to the incorporation of the DGX A100, the DFKI research center will use optimized containers for deep learning frameworks, including TensorFlow and PyTorch, that can be easily accessed via NGC, NVIDIA’s  hub for GPU-optimized software for deep learning, machine learning, and high-performance computing.

The system was installed in cooperation with the ATOS, global leader in digital transformation. DFKI scientists have achieved remarkable results in the application, explainability and optimization of Neural Networks and Deep Learning methods in recent years. Recently, NVIDIA, the world market leader in computer graphics and AI computing, joined the DFKI shareholder group.

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