Nov 18, 2020

NVIDIA unveils an AI-powered 'data centre in a box'

AI
hpc
Edge Data Centres
Technology
Harry Menear
2 min
The NVIDIA DGX Station A100 is the world’s only petascale workgroup server, designed to accelerate ML and data science workloads - Image Courtesy of NVIDIA
The NVIDIA DGX Station A100 is the world’s only petascale workgroup server, designed to accelerate ML and data science workloads...

Chipmaker and data centre hardware manufacturer NVIDIA has launched a new ‘data centre in a box’ solution. The DGX Station A100 includes artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities designed to accelerate HPC, machine learning and data science workloads. 

The station is, according to NVIDIA, the only petascale workgroup server on the market today, and houses four of NVIDIA’s A100 Tensor Core GPUs, which provide up to 320GB of GPU memory. The system also provides multi-instance virtual clones of its GPUs, allowing up to 28 separate GPU instances “to run parallel jobs and support multiple users without impacting system performance.” 

With an emphasis on portability, the DGX Station A100 can be deployed across corporate offices, research facilities, labs or home offices.

NVIDIA is pitching the solution as an AI grade supercomputer available anywhere. “While DGX Station A100 does not require data-center-grade power or cooling, it is a server-class system that features the same remote management capabilities as NVIDIA DGX A100 data center systems,” noted the company in a press statement, adding that system administrators can use the DGX A100 to easily perform remote tasks with a distributed user base. 

“DGX Station A100 brings AI out of the data center with a server-class system that can plug in anywhere,” said Charlie Boyle, vice president and general manager of DGX systems at NVIDIA. “Teams of data science and AI researchers can accelerate their work using the same software stack as NVIDIA DGX A100 systems, enabling them to easily scale from development to deployment.”

NVIDIA also announced that several leading enterprises have already adopted the DGX Station to support data science workloads in the education, financial services, government, healthcare and retail sectors. 

Among them, BMW Group is using the data centre to more quickly generate and analyse insights into its AI models. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and defence contractor Lockheed Martin are both using the DGX Stations to build better operational models. And Japanese telecom NTT Docomo is using the equipment to “develop innovative AI-driven services such as its image recognition solution.” 

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
mercury
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”

 

 

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