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Lenovo and Intel partner to ramp-up high-performance AI innovation

Written by Tue 6 Aug 2019

Long-standing partnership to refocus on HPC and AI innovation

Lenovo and Intel have announced a new partnership aimed at ramping up the two companies’ AI and HPC (high-performance computing) efforts.

The partnership will combine Lenovo’s infrastructure portfolio, including the company’s consumption-based TruScale data centre infrastructure, with Intel HPC and AI hardware and software to create scalable high-performance AI infrastructure.

“Intel is laser-focused on helping our customers spur innovation and discovery through the convergence of AI with HPC,” said Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group.

“Our extended collaboration with Lenovo combines the best of both companies’ innovations to drive our customers’ progress forward even faster.”

As well as combining TruScale infrastructure with Intel’s AI-focused hardware and software, Lenovo will optimise its own HPC/AI software stack for Intel’s latest portfolio, in line with Intel’s oneAPI programming framework.

The companies will also work together on exascale-scale storage frameworks and software optimisation, enabling organisations to quickly train machine learning models with colossal amounts of data.

Finally, the two companies plan to partner on a new HPC/AI ecosystem, which will include the construction of HPC & AI “centres of excellence” to enable research into how high-performance AI might address global challenges, including cancer and climate change.

The two companies, that have partnered on data centre solutions in the past, announced they have already joint-engineered HPC IP by blending Lenovo liquid cooling technology with Intel’s Xeon platform.

“Lenovo’s Neptune liquid cooling, in combination with the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable platform, helps customers unlock new insights and deliver unprecedented outcomes at new levels of energy efficiency,” said Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president of Lenovo and president of Lenovo Data Center Group.

Written by Tue 6 Aug 2019


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