Advanced HPC & AI offerings with Intel® Select Solution

Posted: 2 Apr 2019

Reykjavik, Iceland—Advania Data Centers (ADC) announces their intent to offer the Intel® Select Solution for HPC & AI Converged Clusters on the 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor to expand the company’s HPC & AI infrastructure as a Service. Gimix is the first customer to sign up to evaluate this new offering to address their need for mixed AI and HPC workloads.

ADC offers a converged environment for HPC and AI which has the advantage of faster time to insights due to eliminating the burden of data transfer between multiple environments. Intel® Select Solutions are known to offer workload-optimized performance and ADC will now offer high performance computing customers a path to adopt artificial intelligence on the 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor. ADC is a specialized High Performance Computing & AI solutions company, a part of the Advania brand that is one of the largest IT companies operating within the Nordic Region, offers managed services, software, hardware, hosting, and operational services. Customers will access this new offering through ADC’s HPC as a Service offering, HPCFLOW where customers can choose from dedicated HPC and on demand resources through subscription. This implies easy and effective access for companies to this HPC & AI service without having to invest in equipment. ADC customers will now enjoy the benefits of a converged environment that has a 4x faster inferencing improvement1 with the built in Intel® Deep Learning Boost and that allows hybrids workflows for a faster time to results.

About Advania Data Centers (ADC)

Advania Data Centers is a technology company in the field of High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology and high-density compute hosting. Advania’s HPC & AI team consists of experts that oversee the operation of HPC environments and HPC workloads of our customers, globally leading organizations in manufacturing, finance, technology, science among other industries.
ADC’s operations are certified according to international quality and security standards ISO 27001and hosts PCI Certified compute and hosting environments.
ADC enables clients to operate multiple HPC environments and different computer resources more effectively. Clients can scale their operation easily while managing cost efficiently through HPC as a Service. ADC offers efficient, flexible and secure Tier I, Tier II & Tier III colocation services along with tailor made hosting solutions. ADC’s colocation facilities are one of the world’s most power efficient data center facilities offering PUE values from 1,03 to 1,10, powered by 100% renewable energy ADC’s mission is to help our clients to achieve the most operationally and cost efficient High Performance Computing and AI operations based on our clients’ needs. Highly experienced HPC architects, engineers and consultants make ADC the Nordic region’s most experienced provider of HPC infrastructure and Integration services. ADC has decades of experience in supporting customers in improving productivity and creating value from their HPC operations.

About Gimix:

Gimix is a Dutch Data Science company located at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven that helps organisations by getting value out of data and making the relevant information accessible at the right time. They do this by empowering organisations with the right Data Science and Artificial Intelligence methods including but not limited to machine- and deep learning.

1 The solution was tested with TensorFlow/ ResNet50 for Inference (INT8 and FP32 tests) and TensorFlow / ResNet50 for Training on March 28, 2019 with the following hardware and software configuration:
Base configuration: 4 Nodes, 2x Intel® Xeon® Gold 6252; 1x Intel® Server Board S2600WFT; Total Memory 192 GB, 12 slots/16 GB/2666 MT/s DDR4 RDIMM; HyperThreading: Enable; Turbo: Enable; Storage(boot): Intel® 800GB SSD OS Drive, Storage(capacity): 2x 750GB Intel® Optane SSD DC P4800X PCIe; NIC: 1x Intel XC710, PCH: Intel C621; OS/Software: CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core) with Kernel 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64; BIOS CPU microcode 0x400000a
Framework version: TensorFlow 1.13.1, Benchmarks docker image intelaipg/intel-optimizedtensorflow: PR25765-devel-mkl; Dataset: Synthetic from benchmark tool; Model topology: ResNet 50 v1; Batch Size: 128