New solution for research centers and large enterprises to accelerate generative AI, integrates industry-leading AI/ML software, hardware, networking, and services

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • Supercomputing solution for generative AI is purpose-built to streamline the model development process with an AI/ML software stack that helps customers accelerate generative AI and deep learning projects, including LLMs and deep learning recommendation models
  • HPE introduces an AI training solution that is preconfigured and pretested with AI/ML software, industry-leading supercomputing, accelerated compute, networking, storage, and services — the first system to feature the quad NVIDIA Grace Hopper GH200 Superchip configuration
  • Delivered with services for installation and set-up, this turnkey solution is designed for use in AI research centers and large enterprises to realize improved time-to-value and speed up training by 2-3X

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced a supercomputing solution for generative AI designed for large enterprises, research institutions, and government organizations to accelerate the training and tuning of artificial intelligence (AI) models using private data sets. This solution comprises a software suite enabling customers to train and tune models and develop AI applications. The solution also includes liquid-cooled supercomputers, accelerated compute, networking, storage, and services to help organizations unlock AI value faster.

“The world’s leading companies and research centers are training and tuning AI models to drive innovation and unlock breakthroughs in research, but to do so effectively and efficiently, they need purpose-built solutions,” said Justin Hotard, executive vice president and general manager, HPC, AI & Labs at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “To support generative AI, organizations need to leverage solutions that are sustainable and deliver the dedicated performance and scale of a supercomputer to support AI model training. We are thrilled to expand our collaboration with NVIDIA to offer a turnkey AI-native solution that will help our customers significantly accelerate AI model training and outcomes.”

Software tools to build AI applications, customize pre-built models, and develop and modify code are key components of this supercomputing solution for generative AI. The software is integrated with HPE Cray supercomputing technology that is based on the same powerful architecture used in the world’s fastest supercomputer and powered by NVIDIA Grace Hopper GH200 Superchips. Together, this solution offers organizations the unprecedented scale and performance required for big AI workloads, such as large language model (LLM) and deep learning recommendation model (DLRM) training. Using HPE Machine Learning Development Environment on this system, the open source 70 billion-parameter Llama 2 model was fine-tuned in less than 3 minutesi, translating directly to faster time-to-value for customers. The advanced supercomputing capabilities of HPE, supported by NVIDIA technology, improve system performance by 2-3Xii.

“Generative AI is transforming every industrial and scientific endeavor,” said Ian Buck, vice president of Hyperscale and HPC at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA’s collaboration with HPE on this turnkey AI training and simulation solution, powered by NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchips, will provide customers with the performance needed to achieve breakthroughs in their generative AI initiatives.”

A powerful, integrated AI solution

The supercomputing solution for generative AI is a purpose-built, integrated, AI-native offering that includes the following end-to-end technologies and services:

  • AI/ML acceleration software – A suite of three software tools will help customers train and tune AI models and create their own AI applications.
    • HPE Machine Learning Development Environment is a machine learning (ML) software platform that enables customers to develop and deploy AI models faster by integrating with popular ML frameworks and simplifying data preparation.
    • NVIDIA AI Enterprise accelerates organizations to leading-edge AI with security, stability, manageability, and support. It offers extensive frameworks, pretrained models, and tools that streamline the development and deployment of production AI.
    • HPE Cray Programming Environment suite offers programmers a complete set of tools for developing, porting, debugging and refining code.
  • Designed for scale – Based on the HPE Cray EX2500, an exascale-class system, and featuring industry-leading NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchips, the solution can scale up to thousands of graphics processing units (GPUs) with an ability to dedicate the full capacity of nodes to support a single, AI workload for faster time-to-value. The system is the first to feature the quad GH200 Superchip node configuration.
  • A network for real-time AI – HPE Slingshot Interconnect offers an open, Ethernet-based high performance network designed to support exascale-class workloads. Based on HPE Cray technology, this tunable interconnection supercharges performance for the entire system by enabling extremely high speed networking.
  • Turnkey simplicity – The solution is complemented by HPE Complete Care Services which provides global specialists for set-up, installation and full lifecycle support to simplify AI adoption.

The future of supercomputing and AI will be more sustainable

By 2028, it is estimated that the growth of AI workloads will require about 20 gigawatts of power within data centersiii. Customers will require solutions that deliver a new level of energy efficiency to minimize the impact of their carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency is core to HPE’s computing initiatives which deliver solutions with liquid-cooling capabilities that can drive up to 20% performance improvement per kilowatt over air-cooled solutions and consume 15% less poweriv.

Today, HPE delivers the majority of the world’s top 10 most efficient supercomputers using direct liquid cooling (DLC) which is featured in the supercomputing solution for generative AI to efficiently cool systems while lowering energy consumption for compute-intensive applications.

HPE is uniquely positioned to help organizations unleash the most powerful compute technology to drive their AI goals forward while helping reduce their energy usage.

Availability

The supercomputing solution for generative AI will be generally available in December through HPE in more than 30 countries.

Additional Resources

  • HPE expands portfolio of HPE Cray Supercomputing solutions for AI and HPC
  • NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip architecture whitepaper

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com

i Using 32 HPE Cray EX 2500 nodes with 128 NVIDIA H100 GPUs at 97% scaling efficiency, a 70 billion-parameter Llama 2 model was fine-tuned in internal tests on a 10 million token corpus in less than 3 minutes. Model tuning code and training parameters were not optimized between scaling runs. ii Standard AI benchmarks, BERT and Mask R-CNN, using an out-of-box, non-tuned system comprising the HPE Cray EX2500 Supercomputer using an HPE Cray EX254n accelerator blade with four NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper Superchips. The independently-run tests showed 2-3X performance improvement as compared to MLPerf 3.0 published results for an A100-based system comprising two AMD EPYC 7763 processors and four NVIDIA A100 GPUs with NVLINK interconnects. iii Avelar, Victor; Donovan, Patrick; Lin, Paul; Torell, Wendy; and Torres Arango, Maria A., The AI disruption: Challenges and guidance for data center design (White paper 110), Schneider Electric: https://download.schneider-electric.com/files?p_Doc_Ref=SPD_WP110_EN&p_enDocType=White+Paper&p_File_Name=WP110_V1.1_EN.pdf iv Based on estimates from internal performance testing conducted by HPE in April 2023 that compares an air-cooled HPE Cray XD2000 with the same system using direct liquid cooling. Using a benchmark of SPEChpc™2021, small, MPI + OpenMP, 64 ranks, 14 threads estimated results per server, the air-cooled system recorded 6.61 performance per kW and the DLC system recorded 7.98 performance per kW, representing a 20.7% difference. The same benchmark recorded results of 4539 watts for the air-cooled system’s chassis power and the DLC system recorded 3862 watts, representing a 14.9% difference.

Cristina Thai cristina.thai@hpe.com

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