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Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre

20 Sep 2017 London, Keflavik - Verne Global, a provider of highly optimised, secure, and 100% renewably powered data centre solutions, announced that DeepL has deployed its 5.1 petaFLOPS supercomputer in its campus. Designed to support DeepL's artificial intelligence (AI) driven, neural network translation service, this supercomputer is viewed by many as the world's most accurate and natural-sounding machine translation service.

Verne Global was selected because of the following factors:

  • The innovative campus design specialised to support HPC and other intensive compute environments driven by the rise in AI, machine learning and Big Data analytics
  • The expertise and technical knowledge of the Verne Global team, and
  • Verne Global's access to Iceland's abundant, renewable power and its highly reliable, low-cost energy grid.

"For DeepL, we needed a data centre optimised for high-performance computing (HPC) environments and determined that our needs could not be met in Germany. Verne Global's Icelandic campus provides us with the scalability, flexibility and technical resources we need. In addition, the abundance of low-cost renewable energy and free cooling will allow us to train DeepL's neural networks at lower cost and faster scalability", stated Jaroslaw Kutylowski, CTO of DeepL. "Verne Global's team has a high level of technical expertise, which helps us to implement ad hoc requests quickly and easily. I've never seen such an excellent cooperation before."

On the supercomputer located within Verne Global's campus, DeepL trains the neuronal translation networks based on collected data sets. As DeepL learns, the network leverages AI to examine millions of translations and learn independently how to translate with the right grammar and structure.

"We are pleased that our HPC-optimised campus was the ideal location for DeepL's supercomputer. Our location in Iceland provides a low and stable energy price with the highest possible availability and scalability - criteria that are indispensable for computational and power-intensive applications", stated Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer of Verne Global. "We are seeing growing interest from companies using AI tools, such as deep neural network (DNN) applications, to revolutionise how they move their businesses forward, create change, and elevate how we work, live and communicate."

The market for AI, machine learning and cognitive computing is expanding rapidly. According to a recent paper, "Artificial Intelligence, The Next Digital Frontier?", issued by the McKinsey Global Institute, the total annual external investment in AI was between $8B to $12B in 2016, with machine learning attracting nearly 60% of that investment. McKinsey also states that "A confluence of developments is driving this new wave of AI development. Computer power is growing, algorithms and AI models are becoming more sophisticated, and, perhaps most important of all, the world is generating once unimaginable volumes of the fuel that powers AI-data. Billions of gigabytes every day, collected by networked devices ranging from web browsers to turbine sensors."

Verne Global's data centre, located on a former NATO base in Iceland, draws its electricity from hydro-electric and geothermal energy. The cool, temperate climate in Iceland enables free cooling, that when combined with the low-cost, renewable power, means that companies can save more than 70% on the total cost of operations for their compute resources over less optimal locations within the US, UK and continental Europe. The combination of innovative, technical design and an optimal location make Verne Global one of the worlds most efficient data centre campuses.
Source: Verne Global

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...