Lenovo accelerates AI initiatives
Staff Writer By: Lenovo Press Release
DENVER - Nov. 14, 2017 - Today, at Supercomputing 2017 (SC17), Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) Data Center Group announced new initiatives designed to empower customers to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) and make it a true reality for their organizations to achieve augmented intelligence capabilities for increased productivity and transformative results.
Widely considered a strategic priority, 76 percent of respondents in a recent survey indicated that AI is fundamental to the success of their operation's strategy, while 64 percent cited the technology as fundamental to their organization's long-term growth. At the same time, it's expected that there will be 44 trillion gigabytes of data in existence by 2020.
Combined, this creates a need for deep learning and inference capabilities, built on a foundation of high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, that can process this information, generate new, actionable insights and underpin key business and scientific advancements.
The same AI techniques help local and global farmers to examine crop and soil health for efficiently managing water and energy resources in irrigation, improving their profitability while conserving scarce natural resources.
"We're very pleased with the work we are doing around such a global issue like freshwater supply. As we look to leverage more advanced computational processes and deep learning methods, our existing infrastructure is no longer sufficient," said Ranga Raju, Associate Professor in Geospatial Analytics, NCSU. "By partnering with Lenovo and its AI innovation center in Morrisville, we've not only gained access to infrastructure that has been optimized for machine learning workloads, but also a wealth of knowledge from Lenovo and its partners whose engineers and consultants are skilled in AI."
Professor Nikos Konstantinidis, co-Director of the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science and advisor of a Lenovo-supported PhD student, said "We are delighted that Lenovo are our partners in this exciting initiative. UCL has a long-standing tradition of excellence in data intensive science and a strong culture of cross-disciplinary research and collaboration between academia and industry. Bringing together the expertise from the Lenovo AI team and the UCL academics and PhD students will accelerate the development and application of novel AI techniques that promise to provide innovative solutions to major challenges, both in fundamental science like advancing particle physics at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and in the industry."
This work is instrumental in addressing some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe; however, the increasing intensity of collisions at the LHC challenges the traditional pattern recognition techniques, which would require unaffordable amounts of computational resources.
Through collaboration with Lenovo, UCL researchers are aiming to apply AI to reconstruct particle trajectories using imaging data from ATLAS much more efficiently than traditional methods. This approach not only streamlines the computational resources, but can also help UCL advance their research in reconstructing much more complex events.
More than 100 Lenovo data scientists and specialized AI developers are already working to engineer AI-enabled solutions, such as patient image scanning to detect and classify tumors and assist doctors in diagnoses. Lenovo customers can access innovation center services remotely and have the opportunity to test and refine applications and workloads on a variety of systems optimized for high-performance. Additionally, they can join a diverse community of experts spanning partners and data scientists and other customers, to share insights and learning's to help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.
"We believe that machines will not replace humans, but augment and aid our actions in every aspect of life, a vision which we call augmented intelligence. Working with AI is a complex undertaking. It requires significant processing power and a level of technical expertise and talent that's often not readily available to our customers," said Madhu Matta, vice president and general manager, AI and HPC Segment, Lenovo DCG. "We've created an end-to-end ecosystem that allows us to support our customers every step of the way as they explore AI strategies and unleash the power of augmented intelligence."
The latest hardware and software additions to Lenovo's HPC portfolio, in addition to the opening of its three global AI innovation centers for consultation and testing, offers customers of all sizes a complete, end-to-end, cost-effective path to AI implementation.