NetApp teams with NVIDIA to accelerate HPC and AI with turnkey supercomputing infrastructure

Global cloud software company NetApp®  has teamed up with NVIDIA to advance its supercomputing infrastructure.

The announcement sees that NetApp EF600 all-flash NVMe storage combined with the BeeGFS parallel file system is now certified for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD™. The new certification simplifies artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to enable faster implementation of these use cases.

Over the past four years, NetApp and NVIDIA have served hundreds of customers with a range of solutions, from building AI Centers of Excellence to solving massive-scale AI training challenges. The qualification of NetApp EF600 and BeeGFS file system for DGX SuperPOD is the latest addition to a complete set of AI solutions that have been developed by the companies.

Walid Issa, Senior Manager, PreSales and Solutions Engineering – Middle East Region at NetApp, said: “The NetApp and NVIDIA alliance has delivered industry-leading innovation for years, and this new qualification for NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD builds on that momentum.

“As performance and data demands are exploding, NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, coupled with ONTAP AI platform and DGX Foundry AI service, ensures our customers get the best-in-class model training infrastructure, with the full support of AI industry leaders.”

In agreement, Charlie Boyle, Vice President of DGX systems at NVIDIA said: “Organisations modernising their business with AI and HPC need performance, flexibility and choice as they architect their infrastructure. Our collaboration with NetApp enables customers building their own AI Centers of Excellence to now choose NetApp storage for their NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, as well as use the same leading platform available as hosted infrastructure through NVIDIA DGX Foundry.”

NetApp already has a broad portfolio of NVIDIA-accelerated solutions including ONTAP AI to eliminate guesswork for faster adoption by using a field-proven reference architecture as well as a preconfigured, integrated solution that is easy to procure and deploy in a turnkey manner. Also included is NVIDIA DGX Foundry, which features NVIDIA Base Command software and NetApp Keystone Flex Subscription. This combination provides a world-class hosted infrastructure solution for businesses and their data scientists who need a premium AI development experience without the struggle of building it themselves.

With the most recent announcement, organisations can also build their AI Centres of Excellence leveraging the power of DGX SuperPOD on premises in combination with NetApp storage. NetApp, in collaboration with NVIDIA, will also offer tailored solutions for a variety of industries, including financial services, medicine, manufacturing, retail, higher education and government, and has sponsored and facilitated ideation workshops for customers embarking on AI journeys to accelerate success while mitigating risk.

Ritu Jyoti, Group Vice President, AI/Automation Research & Advisory at IDC, said: “The AI lifecycle focus has moved up the development stack and away from the infrastructure management, driving the need for converged solutions and services that make it easier for organisations to simplify their infrastructure investments for AI use cases deployments.

“DGX SuperPOD is the latest milestone in a prolific partnership between NetApp and NVIDIA to address this need, and NetApp is well positioned to help customers solve their data management challenges regardless of where it resides.”

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