NVIDIA’s Marc Hamilton on Building Cambridge-1 Supercomputer During Pandemic

Since NVIDIA announced construction of the U.K.’s most powerful AI supercomputer — Cambridge-1 — Marc Hamilton, vice president of solutions architecture and engineering, has been (remotely) overseeing its building across the pond.

The system, which will be available for U.K. healthcare researchers to work on pressing problems, is being built on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD architecture for a whopping 400 petaflops of AI performance.

Located at Kao Data, a data center using 100 percent renewable energy, Cambridge-1 would rank among the world’s top three most energy-efficient supercomputers on the latest Green500 list.

Hamilton points to the concentration of leading healthcare companies in the U.K. as a primary reason for NVIDIA’s decision to build Cambridge-1.

AstraZeneca, GSK, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, and Oxford Nanopore have already announced their intent to harness the supercomputer for research in the coming months.

Construction has been progressing at NVIDIA’s usual speed-of-light pace, with just final installations and initial tests remaining.

Hamilton promises to provide the latest updates on Cambridge-1 at GTC 2021.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Hamilton gives listeners an explainer on Cambridge-1’s scalable units, or building blocks — NVIDIA DGX A100 systems — and how just 20 of them can provide the equivalent of hundreds of CPUs.
  • NVIDIA intends for Cambridge-1 to accelerate corporate research in addition to that of universities. Among them are King’s College London, which has already announced that it’ll be using the system.

Tweetables:

“With only 20 [DGX A100] servers, you can build one of the top 500 supercomputers in the world” — Marc Hamilton [9:14]

“This is the first time we’re taking an NVIDIA supercomputer by our engineers and opening it up to our partners, to our customers, to use” — Marc Hamilton [10:17]

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Meet the Maker: DIY Builder Takes AI to Bat for Calling Balls and Strikes

Baseball players have to think fast when batting against blurry-fast pitches. Now, AI might be able to assist.

Nick Bild, a Florida-based software engineer, has created an application that can signal to batters whether pitches are going to be balls or strikes. Dubbed Tipper, it can be fitted on the outer edge of glasses to show a green light for a strike or a red light for a ball.

Tipper uses image classification to alert the batter before the ball has traveled halfway to home plate. It relies on the NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform for split-second inference, which triggers the lights.

He figures his application could be used to help as a training aid for batters to help recognize good pitches from bad. Pitchers also could use it to analyze whether any body language tips off batters on their delivery.

“Who knows, maybe umpires could rely on it. For those close calls, it might help to reduce arguments with coaches as well as the ire of fans,” said Bild.

About the Maker

Bild works in the telecom industry by day. By night, he turns his living room into a laboratory for Jetson experiments.

And Bild certainly knows how to have fun. And we’re not just talking about his living room-turned-batting cage. Self-taught on machine learning, Bild has applied his ML and Python chops to Jetson AGX Xavier for projects like ShAIdes, enabling gestures to turn on home lights.

Bild says machine learning is particularly useful to solve problems that are otherwise unapproachable. And for a hobbyist, he says, the cost of entry can also be prohibitively high.

His Inspiration

When Bild first heard about Jetson Nano, he saw it as a tool to bring his ideas to life on a small budget. He bought one the day it was first released and has been building devices with it ever since.

The first Jetson project he created was called DOOM Air. He learned image classification basics and put that to work to operate a computer that was projecting the blockbuster video game DOOM onto the wall, controlling the game with his body movements.

Jetson’s ease of use enabled early successes for Bild, encouraging him to take on more difficult projects, he says.

“The knowledge I picked up from building these projects gave me the basic skills I needed for a more elaborate build like Tipper,” he said.

His Favorite Jetson Projects

Bild likes many of his Jetson projects. His Deep Clean project is one favorite. It uses AI to track the places in a room touched by a person so that it can be sanitized.

But Tipper is Bild’s favorite Jetson project of all. Its pitch predictions are aided by a camera that can capture 100 frames per second. Facing the camera at the ball launcher — a Nerf gun —  it can capture two successive images of the ball early in flight.

Tipper was trained on “hundreds of images” of balls and strikes, he said. The result is that Jetson AGX Xavier classifies balls in the air to guide batters better than a first base coach.

As far as fun DIY AI, this one is a home run.

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Intel IT: Accelerating Intel’s Future

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What’s New: The newly released 2020-2021 Intel Information Technology (IT) Annual Performance Report highlights how Intel’s IT team aided the company as it faced the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Amid Intel’s transformation for a new era of distributed intelligence, Intel IT accelerated its efforts to integrate innovative solutions with emerging technologies into Intel’s business. This ensured Intel could continue to manufacture the essential technology solutions that customers were counting on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In 2020, we learned the importance of a digital-first business, how to move fast under fire and that the way we work has forever changed. Going forward, we have an opportunity to build a culture that maintains that same sense of urgency and acceleration to deliver greater value for Intel and our customers.”
–Archana Deskus, Intel senior vice president and chief information officer

What Happened: Intel’s IT team played a critical role by ensuring the company’s operations could continue uninterrupted and meet customer demand, while keeping employees safe. The report highlights how it happened, including:

  • A 72-hour transition to support 100,000 remote workers.
  • Development of a hardware and software platform for technicians to monitor and control critical factory operations from home.
  • Deployment of augmented reality technology throughout Intel factories to facilitate social distancing and reduce the need to travel.
  • Implementation of automation, remote collaboration and a “One Intel” mindset to reopen a manufacturing facility in 22 weeks — nearly 80% faster than normal.

Why It Mattered: In this era of rapid change, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G network transformation and the intelligent, autonomous edge are the three fastest growing opportunities for Intel and its customers. Intel IT is key in supporting the company’s digital transformation. For example:

  • AI algorithms helped improve factory yield by an extra 3.7 million units in 2020. The use of advanced analytics to process billions of data points per day enables engineers to extract information in seconds instead of hours.
  • Intelligent test execution management (ITEM) capability helps validation teams run the most efficient and cost-effective tests, resulting in faster time to market. ITEM reduced the number of required tests by 70% and Intel deployed it in 60 validation teams across the company.
  • The Sales AI Platform covers 2,500 sellers and 31,000 accounts. In 2020, Sales AI applications generated more than $168 million in revenue for Intel.

What’s Next: In 2020, IT-enabled solutions and services delivered $1.56 billion in business value to Intel. Looking ahead, Intel IT is part of the company’s task force that will shape how Intel operates in 2021 and beyond. A digital-first mindset will enable more flexible, personalized and immersive work environments that support different roles and power new levels of collaboration.

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New Training Opportunities Now Available Worldwide from NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute Certified Instructors

For the first time ever, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute is making its popular instructor-led workshops available to the general public.

With the launch of public workshops this week, enrollment will be open to individual developers, data scientists, researchers and students. NVIDIA is increasing accessibility and the number of courses available to participants around the world. Anyone can learn from expert NVIDIA instructors in courses on AI, accelerated computing and data science.

Previously, DLI workshops were only available to large organizations that wanted dedicated and specialized training for their in-house developers, or to individuals attending GPU Technology Conferences.

But demand for in-depth training has increased dramatically in the last few years. Individuals are looking to acquire new skills and organizations are seeking to provide their workforces with advanced software development techniques.

“Our public workshops provide a great opportunity for individual developers and smaller organizations to get industry-leading training in deep learning, accelerated computing and data science,” said Will Ramey, global head of Developer Programs at NVIDIA. “Now the same expert instructors and world-class learning materials that help accelerate innovation at leading companies are available to everyone.”

The current lineup of DLI workshops for individuals includes:

March 2021

  • Fundamentals of Accelerated Computing with CUDA Python
  • Applications of AI for Predictive Maintenance

April 2021

  • Fundamentals of Deep Learning
  • Applications of AI for Anomaly Detection
  • Fundamentals of Accelerated Computing with CUDA C/C++
  • Building Transformer-Based Natural Language Processing Applications
  • Deep Learning for Autonomous Vehicles – Perception
  • Fundamentals of Accelerated Data Science with RAPIDS
  • Accelerating CUDA C++ Applications with Multiple GPUs
  • Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Multi-GPUs

May 2021

  • Building Intelligent Recommender Systems
  • Fundamentals of Accelerated Data Science with RAPIDS
  • Deep Learning for Industrial Inspection
  • Building Transformer-Based Natural Language Processing Applications
  • Applications of AI for Anomaly Detection

Visit the DLI website for details on each course and the full schedule of upcoming workshops, which is regularly updated with new training opportunities.

Jump-Start Your Software Development

As organizations invest in transforming their workforce to benefit from modern technologies, it’s critical that their software and solutions development teams are equipped with the right skills and tools. In a market where developers with the latest skills in deep learning, accelerated computing and data science are scarce, DLI strengthens their employees’ skillsets through a wide array of course offerings.

The full-day workshops offer a comprehensive learning experience that includes hands-on exercises and guidance from expert instructors certified by DLI. Courses are delivered virtually and in many time zones to reach developers worldwide. Courses are offered in English, Chinese, Japanese and other languages.

Registration fees cover learning materials, instructors and access to fully configured GPU-accelerated development servers for hands-on exercises.

A complete list of DLI courses are available in the DLI course catalog.

Register today for a DLI instructor-led workshop for individuals. Space is limited so sign up early.

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Yet NVIDIA GPUs are programmable. And users are constantly discovering new applications for them, from weather simulation and gene sequencing to deep learning and robotics. Mining cryptocurrency is one of them.

With the launch of GeForce RTX 3060 on Feb. 25, we’re taking an important step to help ensure GeForce GPUs end up in the hands of gamers.

Halving Hash Rate

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Creating tailored products for customers with specific needs delivers the best value for customers. With CMP, we can help miners build the most efficient data centers while preserving GeForce RTX GPUs for gamers.

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Intel Pledges $5M to Develop HBCU Tech Law and Policy Center

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A photo shows law school students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Intel has announced a donation of $5 million over the next five years to the historically Black university. NCCU’s School of Law will use the donation to create a new tech law and policy center. (Editor’s note: Photo was taken in 2017, before COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings and take full health and safety precautions. Credit: North Carolina Central University)

What’s New: As part of its commitment to build a more equitable world, Intel will donate $5 million over the next five years to North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a historically Black college and university (HBCU), to create a new tech law and policy center. Steven R. Rodgers, Intel’s general counsel, will join the law school’s board of visitors to help direct additional resources and support for the law school. Allon Stabinsky, Intel’s senior vice president and chief deputy general counsel, and Rhonda Foxx, Intel’s leader of social equity policies and engagements, will join the center’s advisory board to help shape its certificate program and curriculum development and drive further Intel engagements.

“As a company and industry, we need to do better to ensure legal and policy jobs are available to all communities, because talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. At the beginning of this year, we began to hold our legal counsel accountable to the Intel Rule, which states we will not retain or use outside law firms in the U.S. that are below average on diversity. And now, through this partnership, we will hold ourselves accountable for extending the talent pipeline. Our investment in NCCU is only the beginning, and we will continue our efforts to provide more equitable access to tech, legal and policy careers.”
–Steven R. Rodgers, Intel’s general counsel

How It Helps: Intel will provide legal and strategic expertise, faculty training, summer internships and Intel mentors to both students and faculty members. Students will engage directly with Intel executives who will serve as guest lecturers and provide practical legal experiences, networking and mentorship. Intel’s goal is to prepare the next generation of corporate attorneys by giving them exposure to corporate law on day one of their law school journey. Two first-year law students from NCCU will also participate in a summer associate program with Intel.

Why It’s Important: The new center will give more access to diverse professionals in legal and policy fields. It will address discriminatory laws and public policies that create structural and systemic inequities. According to the American Bar Association, about 5% of lawyers in the U.S. are Black. Additionally, 80% of Black judges and 50% of Black lawyers come from HBCUs, making these schools critical to diversifying legal and policy professions and ensuring greater opportunity to underrepresented demographics.

Historically, HBCUs have trailed other institutions in federal funding and corporate engagement. There are over 100 HBCUs across the nation, and NCCU is one of only six with a law school. Extending tech opportunities to HCBU law schools on the East Coast and in southern states is key to enhancing educational and economic equity. North Carolina is home to the most HBCUs, and NCCU, based in Durham, N.C., is close to the Research Triangle Park, making it a prime university for this engagement.

About the Policy and Law Center: Intel will contribute $1 million annually for five years. The first year’s allocation is geared toward helping build a strong foundation for the center. Approximately $400,000 will support the recruitment and hiring of an executive director and key staff, as well as other startup costs for the center. An additional $500,000 will go to support an endowed professorship. Also, Intel will contribute $100,000 toward need-based scholarships to help students experiencing financial hardship.

More Context: Intel made a commitment to not stand on the sidelines in the fight against inequality. The company pledged $1 million to address social justice and racism. To further this commitment, it has created global social equity principles and established the law and policy center as part of its economic equity goals. Intel’s actions also build on the company’s recently announced 2030 goals and Global Impact Challenges that reinforce its commitment to making technology fully inclusive and expand digital readiness. Intel is committed to enabling technology and people to build a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable world. Social equity is core to this work. These values are an essential part of the company’s corporate mission to create world-changing technologies that enrich the lives of every person on Earth. Social equity efforts such as this will help embed these values into critical public policies that will accelerate diversity and inclusion in the industry.

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Pat Gelsinger’s Note to Intel Employees

Pat Gelsinger, who began as Intel’s chief executive officer on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, sent the following note to all Intel employees:

pat gelsinger headshotHi team!

I am delighted to be writing to you today as the CEO of this iconic company. Since its birth more than 50 years ago, Intel has been an engine for innovation. It has also, in many ways, been part of my family. I often say I grew up in these hallways, fueled by ambition and faith in the power of technology to touch every human on the planet in every mode of life. Inspired by the leadership of Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce and Andy Grove, I’m excited to step into my dream job.

So here we are. Today, our industry is moving rapidly. Technology has never been more important for humanity than it is now. Everything is becoming digital, with four key superpowers – cloud, mobility fueled by 5G, artificial intelligence and the intelligent edge – set to transcend and transform the world. Intel is the only semiconductor company that has the depth and breadth of intelligent silicon, platform, software, architecture, design, manufacturing and scale that our customers need to capitalize on these opportunities and fuel their next-generation innovations.

I am confident that we can be the world’s leading semiconductor company in a landscape of tremendous change and set a course for a new era of innovation and technological leadership. To seize this tremendous opportunity, we must focus on four priorities:

  • Be the leader in every category in which we compete. We must stay ahead of customer needs and become more agile in a very competitive market and prove the differentiated value of our products, our roadmap and our manufacturing capability.
  • Execute flawlessly to our commitments. Customers must be able to rely on Intel for their products and their strategies for the future. While we must set aggressive targets to regain share and leadership, they must also be achievable and done with the highest quality.
  • Passionately innovate with boldness and speed. We will be a fountain for continuous innovation in the industry through our unmatched IP, engineering talent and research into new next-generation computing architectures.
  • Reignite our culture to attract and motivate the best engineers and technologists on the planet. Intel must be the place where the best talent in the world can fulfill their dreams. We need to untether our enormous energy and potential for our business with a vibrant, inclusive and open culture. We need to bring back some of the Groveian disciplines for direct, transparent and data-driven decisions and accountability.

I’m thrilled and honored to be working with this incredibly talented global team, and I look forward to engaging with all of you. I’ve already been working to get up to speed on the business and will continue to prioritize much of my time over the coming weeks to listen and learn. You can expect frequent, ongoing updates from me along the way.

I know Intel’s best days are in front of us. Let’s get started.

— Pat

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Pat Gelsinger Becomes CEO of Intel

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Today marks Intel’s official CEO transition as Pat Gelsinger becomes the company’s eighth chief executive officer in its history. Gelsinger is an accomplished CEO and industry veteran with more than four decades of technology and leadership experience – including 30 years at Intel, where he began his career.

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Gelsinger shared his thoughts on returning to lead the company, saying:

“As the incoming CEO, I am just really thrilled that we have the opportunity to take this great icon of a company, this company that has been crucial to every aspect of technology, and have it be that leader again into the future. Because I believe that Intel has a treasure trove of technologists, of technology, and ultimately its core DNA is being that technology leader for the future. I’m just thrilled as a technologist, as a geek at heart, to be able to be in that leadership role to help bring the passions, the history, the opportunity of this great company forward as never before. Our best days are in front of us.”

» Pat Gelsinger’s Newsroom Biography

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Intel Appoints Sunil Shenoy as Senior Vice President of Design Engineering Group

sunil shenoy padded 70854459SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 – Intel Corporation today announced the appointment of Sunil Shenoy as senior vice president and general manager of the Design Engineering Group, effective Feb. 1. Shenoy, a 33-year Intel veteran who departed in 2014, returns to the company to lead the critical work of design, development, validation and manufacturing of intellectual properties and system-on-chips (SOC) for client and data center applications. Shenoy will report to current CEO Bob Swan until Feb. 15, after which he will report to incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger.

“Sunil is a proven engineering leader who has deep experience in microprocessor and SoC design and R&D,” said Swan. “His experience inside and outside of Intel will enable him to combine the best of Intel culture with an entrepreneurial spirit and fresh perspective as we work to strengthen the company’s technical leadership team and to coach and develop a new generation of technical talent.”

Most recently, Shenoy was senior vice president and general manager of RISC-V at SiFive, an Intel Capital portfolio company working to commercialize the RISC-V open architecture. At SiFive, Shenoy helped build the engineering team. In his prior years at Intel, Shenoy was corporate vice president in charge of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group, responsible for microprocessor and SoC design across Intel’s product groups. He also led Intel’s Visual and Parallel Computing Group and server and PC silicon development R&D and engineering, among other responsibilities.

Shenoy graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in computer engineering; he has an MBA from the University of Oregon. He holds 16 patents in computer and microprocessor technology.

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Intel Invests Additional $475 Million in Vietnam

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In January 2021, Intel Corporation announces that a further investment of $475 million in Intel Products Vietnam. The new investment is in addition to Intel’s $1 billion investment to build a state-of-the-art chip assembly and test manufacturing facility in Saigon Hi-Tech Park, first announced in 2006. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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What’s New: Intel Corporation today announced it has invested a further US$475 million in Intel Products Vietnam (IPV). This new investment is in addition to Intel’s US$1 billion investment to build a state-of-the-art chip assembly and test manufacturing facility in Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), first announced in 2006. This takes Intel’s total investment in its Vietnam facility to US$1.5 billion.

“As of the end of 2020, Intel Products Vietnam has shipped more than 2 billion units to customers worldwide. We’re very proud of this milestone, which shows both how important IPV is to helping Intel meet the needs of its customers all around the world, and why we continue to invest in our facilities and team here in Vietnam.”
–Kim Huat Ooi, vice president of Manufacturing and Operations and general manager of Intel Products Vietnam Co. Ltd.

Why It Matters: Intel Products Vietnam is an important part of Intel’s worldwide manufacturing presence. As Intel redefines its position in the industry from a CPU to a multi-architecture XPU company, IPV will continue to diversify and improve its local operations so that it can take on more complex technologies and new products to enable Intel to tap new market opportunities.

At the awarding ceremony of the Amended Investment Registration Certificate – Phase 1 Investment Expansion, Nguyen Anh Thi, president of Saigon Hi-Tech Park said, “We highly appreciate the expanded investment of Intel Vietnam, especially in the challenge of COVID pandemic, when most local and FDIs have been impacted. The increased investment decision from Intel means a great deal to us and proves Intel’s great confidence in the local workforce and the stable investment environment in Vietnam, HCMC and SHTP, in particular. We will continuously provide our best support to Intel operations and look forward to welcoming more U.S. investors, and consider Intel’s expansion and new investment in Vietnam, particularly in SHTP, as a great success story.”

More about Intel’s Investments: Intel’s additional investment of US$475 million was made between June 2019 and December 2020, and helped enhance manufacturing of Intel’s 5G products, Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology and 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

About Intel’s Role in Vietnam: IPV is the largest assembly and test manufacturing facility in the Intel assembly and test network. It has more than 2,700 employees and serves customers around the world. IPV is one of 10 manufacturing sites that Intel has globally and remains the largest U.S. high-tech investment in Vietnam.

More Context: Manufacturing News at Intel

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