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[Intel] Habana AI Accelerators Chosen by the San Diego Supercomputer Center to Power Voyager Research Program

Habana Labs, a developer of purpose-built deep learning accelerators for a wide range of data centers, today announced that its artificial intelligence (AI) training and inference accelerators have been selected by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego to provide high-performance, high-efficiency AI compute in its Voyager supercomputer. Scheduled to be in service in the fall of 2021, Voyager will be dedicated to advancing AI research across a range of science and engineering domains. The system build-out, as well as ongoing community support and operations, are funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Voyager supercomputer will employ Habana’s unique interconnectivity technology to efficiently scale AI training capacity with 336 Gaudi processors, which are well architected for scaling large supercomputer training systems. Gaudi is the industry’s only AI processor to natively integrate ten 100-Gigabit Ethernet ports of RoCE RDMA v2 on chip, enabling flexibility of scaling and avoidance of throughput bottlenecks that can limit scaling capacity. The Voyager system will also employ 16 Habana Goya processors to power AI inference models.

“With innovative solutions optimized for deep learning operations and AI workloads, Habana accelerators are ideal choices to power Voyager’s forthcoming AI research,” said Amitava Majumdar, head of SDSC’s Data Enabled Scientific Computing division and principal investigator for the Voyager project. “We look forward to partnering with Habana, Intel and Supermicro to bring this uniquely efficient class of compute capabilities to the Voyager program, giving academic researchers access to one of the most capable AI-focused systems available today.”

Habana Gaudi AI training and Goya inference processors are architected to drive performance and efficiency in AI operations. They will provide data scientists and researchers with access to Voyager with flexibility to customize models with programmable Tensor Processor Cores and kernel libraries, and ease implementation with Habana’s SynapseAI® Software platform, supporting popular machine learning frameworks and AI models for applications such as vision, natural language processing and recommendation systems.

Supermicro, a Voyager technology partner and global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, will provide Habana-based AI systems to SDSC for Voyager:

Supermicro X12 Gaudi AI Training System (SYS-420GH-TNGR) featuring eight Gaudi HL-205 cards paired with dual-socket 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processorsSupermicro SuperServer 4029GP-T featuring eight Goya HL-100 PCIe cards for AI inference, paired with dual-socket 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® scalable processors.“Combining Supermicro’s advanced application-optimized server and storage hardware with Habana’s AI training and inference products is precisely the best solution for SDSU’s multi-year Voyager AI project,” said Ray Pang, Vice President Technology and Business Enablement, Supermicro. “We continue to work closely with leading innovators to deliver solutions for computationally intensive projects worldwide at leading research and HPC environments for science and medical discovery, compute, and leading-edge AI solutions.”

“We are honored that Habana’s AI processors have been selected to power the AI workloads that will run on San Diego Super Computing’s Voyager supercomputer,” said Eitan Medina, Chief Business Officer at Habana. “This implementation of our Gaudi and Goya products showcases how top academic institutions like SDSC can harness efficiency and performance to effectively address the growing demands of AI research workloads.”

The first three years of Voyager’s operation will be the Testbed Phase, during which SDSC will work with select research teams from astronomy, climate sciences, chemistry, particle physics, and other fields to gain AI experience and insights leveraging Voyager’s unique features. Throughout the Testbed Phase, SDSC will share experiences with the AI research computing community and documentation developed during the Testbed Phase to serve as a resource for an expanded user base.

“The level of performance and efficiency that Voyager will require is precisely what Intel architectures are designed for,” said Trish Damkroger, vice president and general manager of Intel’s High Performance Computing group. “Our Xeon Scalable processors coupled with Habana AI accelerators will ensure Voyager’s users have the HPC and AI capabilities they need to power their game-changing research.”
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