On 4 December 2017, NVIDIA announced that AI researchers using NVIDIA desktop GPUs can now tap into NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). By extending NVIDIA GPU Cloud support to NVIDIA TITAN, they have opened up NGC to hundreds of thousands of new users.
Now Everyone Can Use NVIDIA GPU Cloud!
The expanded NGC capabilities add new software and other key updates to the NGC container registry, providing AI researchers with a broader and more powerful set of tools.
Anyone using the NVIDIA-powered TITAN graphics cards can sign up immediately for a no-charge NGC account and gain full access to a comprehensive catalog of GPU-optimized deep learning and HPC software and tools. Other supported computing platforms include NVIDIA DGX-1, DGX Station and NVIDIA Volta-enabled instances on Amazon EC2.
Software available through NGC’s rapidly expanding container registry includes NVIDIA-optimized deep learning frameworks such as TensorFlow and PyTorch, third-party managed HPC applications, NVIDIA HPC visualization tools, and NVIDIA’s programmable inference accelerator, TensorRT 3.0.
New NGC Container, Updates & Features
In addition to making NVIDIA TensorRT available on NGC’s container registry, NVIDIA announced the following NGC updates:
Immediate support and availability for the first release of MXNet 1.0
Availability of Baidu’s PaddlePaddle AI framework
ONNX is an open format originally created by Facebook and Microsoft through which developers can exchange models across different frameworks. In the TensorRT development container, NVIDIA created a converter to deploy ONNX models to the TensorRT inference engine. This makes it easier for application developers to deploy low-latency, high-throughput models to TensorRT.
Together, these additions give developers a one-stop shop for software that supports a full spectrum of AI computing needs — from research and application development to training and deployment.
The first major event at Computex Taipei 2017 was the Powering The AI Revolution keynote by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang. Although the keynote was heavy on artificial intelligence technologies like NVIDIA Isaac and NVIDIA Volta, Jensen also announced other technologies like GeForce GTX with Max-Q Design.
NVIDIA Isaac, Max-Q, Volta, HGX & More!
In this 90 minute long keynote, Jensen reveals the future of artificial intelligence and robotics. In that vision, the GPU is taking over from the CPU in delivering the petaflops of computing power required to deliver artificial intelligence.
He also reveals the new NVIDIA technologies that will power the next-generation AI applications – the new NVIDIA Tesla V100, which is the largest GPU ever made, and the NVIDIA HGX server that hosts eight of these GPUs to deliver almost 1 petaflops of compute performance in a single chassis!
Jensen also shows how the NVIDIA Isaac Initiative allows robots to self-learn in a virtual environment, using nothing more than the NVIDIA Jetson 2 module. Watch how AI on the edge delivers smarter intelligence with minimal work.
Whether you are a scientist in these fields, or just geeks like us, you will enjoy listening to his views and NVIDIA’s endeavours in those technologies.
Our Blow-by-Blow Account Of The Keynote
First stop of the day – the NVIDIA AI Forum keynote. Jensen Huang is upstairs polishing his keynote while the crowd grows downstairs.
With the Japanese contingent waiting to storm up the escalator to the 3rd floor hall.
Team ARP is on the ground at Taipei to cover Computex Taipei 2017 LIVE on theTech ARP Facebook page and this article. Computex Taipei 2017 begins today, May 30, 2017 and will run for five full days. So join us for our live coverage every day, until June 2!
This article will be updated live with pictures and details as and when they come in. Videos will be inserted at the end of every night, as they take time to process and upload.
Day 1 Schedule
The first day of Computex 2017 is the busiest day of the event. We are scheduled for back-to-back major events from morning until evening!
11:30 AM – 1 PM : NVIDIA AI Keynote by NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM : Intel Keynote by Gregory Bryant, VP & GM of the Intel Client Computing Group