Pure Storage Intros AIRI
April 2, 2018
Storage introduced AI-Ready Infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA.
Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable
data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of
the NVIDIA DGX-1 and operationalize AI-at-scale for every enterprise.
With AIRI, cloud, enterprise and government organizations can accelerate
time-to-insight and bring new, impactful innovations to humanity,
AIRI enables organizations to turn data into innovation at an
unprecedented pace. AI represents an opportunity for enterprises to
innovate not only at a product level, but within day-to-day operations
as they lead their industries through periods of tremendous change.
According to Gartner, 80 percent of enterprises will deploy AI by 2020.
AIRI provides a simple, yet powerful, architecture that empowers
organizations with the data-centric infrastructure needed to harness the
true power of AI.
"AI has fantastic potential for aiding humanity," said Charles
Giancarlo, CEO, Pure Storage. "It has the capacity to significantly
improve the quality of all of our lives. Safer autonomous vehicles will
save tens of thousands of lives and make us more efficient. AI-driven
advances in life sciences have made preventative healthcare a current
reality rather than a vague future possibility. AI will provide highly
personalized experiences for the consumer, while keeping online
communities safer. AIRI will accelerate AI research, enabling innovators
to more rapidly make advances to create a better world with data."
Engineered as a fully integrated software and hardware solution by Pure
Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI shatters infrastructure complexities that hold
organizations back from deploying AI-at-scale. AIRI is powered by Pure
Storage FlashBladeTM, the industry's first storage platform architected
for modern analytics and AI, and four NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers,
delivering four petaFLOPS of performance with NVIDIA® Tesla® V100 GPUs.
These systems are interconnected with Arista 100GbE switches, supporting
GPUDirect RDMA for maximum distributed training performance. AIRI is
supported by the NVIDIA GPU Cloud deep learning stack and Pure Storage
AIRI Scaling Toolkit, enabling data scientists to jumpstart their AI
initiatives in hours, not weeks or months.
"Businesses everywhere are scaling-up AI infrastructure to attack their
most important challenges and opportunities," said Jim McHugh, Vice
President and General Manager of Deep Learning Systems at NVIDIA. "With
AIRI, our customers get a validated approach that brings together
industry-leading compute and high-performance storage with proven
AIRI is the ultimate solution to empower data architects and scientists
to deliver time-to-insight at scale. Every organization generates and
stores troves of data. Now more than ever, innovators require additional
insight from that information to make their businesses smarter.
"AI has evolved from hypothetical future technology to a
business-critical strategic asset. There is increased adoption of AI
across all verticals, driving new business models, sharper value
propositions, more efficient processes, and personalized user
experiences," said Ritu Jyoti, Research Director, Infrastructure:
Cognitive/AI and Big Data Analytics Workloads, IDC. "Innovative
technologies from Pure Storage and NVIDIA have enabled the accelerated
adoption of AI, and together they provide organizations with an
optimized, easy-to-use and robust solution for any AI workload."
Paige.AI is an organization focused on revolutionizing clinical
diagnosis and treatment in oncology through the use of AI. Pathology is
the cornerstone of most cancer diagnoses. Yet most pathologic diagnoses
rely on manual, subjective processes developed more than a century ago.
By leveraging the potential of AI, Paige.AI aims to transform the
pathology and diagnostics industry from highly qualitative to a more
rigorous, quantitative discipline.
"Data is the fuel driving the AI revolution. With access to one of the
world's largest tumor pathology archives, we needed the most advanced
deep learning infrastructure available to quickly turn massive amounts
of data into clinically-validated AI applications," said Dr. Thomas
Fuchs, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Paige.AI. "That's when we
turned to NVIDIA DGX-1 and Pure Storage FlashBlade. The powerful
combination of DGX-1 and FlashBlade accelerates our mission to catalyze
the medical industry with AI."
ElementAI, a platform for companies to build AI solutions and founded by
Yoshua Bengio, one of the three pioneers in deep learning, sees AIRI as
an accelerant for complex AI projects like the ones they've designed and
delivered for organizations across every industry.
"AIRI represents an exciting breakthrough for AI adoption in the
enterprise, shattering the barrier of infrastructure complexities and
clearing the path to jumpstart any organization's AI initiative," said
Jeremy Barnes, Chief Architect, ElementAI. "AIRI is built with the same
core solutions ElementAI uses extensively both internally and with its
customers -- the NVIDIA DGX-1 and Pure Storage FlashBlade. We are
excited to work hand-in-hand with NVIDIA and Pure Storage to accelerate
time-to-value for our clients and facilitate our mission of bringing AI
to all enterprises."
organizations like Global Response, AI represents an opportunity to
reinvent existing business models. With the help of Pure Storage and
NVIDIA, Global Response has begun development on a state-of-the-art call
center system that allows for the real-time transcription and analysis
of customer support calls. This will allow for a superior customer
experience and faster solutions -- both increasingly important as
consumer expectations shift heavily toward personalized experience.
"We've reached an inflection point where integration of AI throughout
our organization is critical to the ongoing success of our business,"
said Stephen Shooster, Co-CEO, Global Response. "While we wanted to move
quickly, infrastructure for AI was slowing us down because it is very
complex to deploy. To truly operationalize AI at scale, we needed to
build a simple foundation powerful enough to support the entire
organization. AIRI is that foundation. All of the question marks and
complexities associated with AI are solved, with a solution that
integrates state-of-the-art software and hardware to enable our teams to
get up and running in hours, not weeks or months."
AIRI is available now through select reseller partners.