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Nvidia’s New HGX-2 Cloud Server Could Be a Game Changer for HPC & AI

“The world of computing has changed,” announced Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang this week as he unveiled the new NVIDIA HGX-2 Cloud Server Platform at his company’s GPU Technology Conference in Taiwan.

“The world of computing has changed,” announced Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang this week as he unveiled the new NVIDIA HGX-2 Cloud Server Platform at his company’s GPU Technology Conference in Taiwan.

The HGX-2 is the first platform fusing High Performance Computing (HPC) and AI within a unified architecture. Nvidia’s NVSwitch interconnect system enables 16 Nvidia Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs to perform as one giant GPU, delivering AI computing with a speed of 2 petaflops, or 2 quadrillion floating point operations per second.

The HGX-2 not only performs high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, but also supports F16 and Int8 for AI training and inference. Nvidia says a single HGX-2 can replace 300 CPU-powered servers, bringing data centres significant savings in cost, space, and energy.

Following on the HGX-2 release, top server makers Lenovo, QCT, Supermicro and Wiwynn are expected to launch their own HGX-2 based systems later this year. Meanwhile, world-class original design manufacturers (ODMs) Hon Hai Precision Industry (known as Foxconn), Inventec, Quanta, and Wistron are also evaluating HGX-2 for their cloud data centres.


Author: Robert Tian| Editor: Tony Peng, Michael Sarazen

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