Lenovo Accelerates Artificial Intelligence Initiatives

November 14, 2017

DENVER, Nov. 14, 2017 — Today, at Supercomputing 2017 (SC17), Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets: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.

“Artificial intelligence is already having a profound impact on traditional business strategies and scientific research, and most senior leaders consider it a priority for the year ahead. To truly benefit from the vast amount of data available to organizations today, our customers must embrace AI as the vehicle to help them achieve success in today’s competitive business landscape,” said Kirk Skaugen, president, Lenovo Data Center Group. “With our newly opened, global AI innovation centers and a comprehensive product and service portfolio we are committed to helping bring their AI deployments to life.”

Lenovo and its customers make AI a reality for better business and societal outcomes

Lenovo is partnering with customers as they explore AI’s ability to enable truly innovative research that is advancing global humanitarian efforts, such as identifying cures for diseases or understanding the true impact of climate change.

Agriculture, for example, accounts for 70 percent of the total global freshwater usage, and by 2050, it’s expected that an additional 10 percent of water resources will be needed to support the increase in food supply required to accommodate a growing global population. As freshwater availability for agriculture becomes scarcer, it is critical to identify high-risk water shortage areas in advance and manage existing water resources to minimize negative effects on food production, both for the benefit of local farmers and society at large.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers, in partnership with Lenovo, is doubling down on this global challenge. Using an artificial intelligence-enabled geospatial image analysis process, NCSU applies deep learning algorithms to recognize farmland, identify the farm crops, monitor soil conditions and calculate water requirements against available water resources to create maps of drought areas. 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.

At University College London (UCL), researchers are reconstructing high-energy particle collision events from the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. 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.

Lenovo helps customers discover how AI enables digital transformation

Building on Lenovo’s broader $1.2B investment in AI R&D and initiatives, Lenovo’s Data Center Group is operating three new AI innovation centers in Morrisville, North Carolina; Stuttgart, Germany and Beijing, China, designed to help customers discover how AI can help solve their biggest business or humanitarian challenges. Over 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.

Lenovo takes a customer-centric approach to AI

With much of AI adoption relying on intelligence currently being developed, Lenovo has the expertise to help bring a customer’s AI projects to fruition. Lenovo views a customer’s journey to augmented intelligence in a three-step process:

  • Discover: Help discover the potential and benefits of AI for a broad set of use cases
  • Develop: Provide AI-optimized hardware and choice of AI frameworks to accelerate development of AI applications
  • Deploy: Rapid deployment with simplified end-to-end solutions and professional service expertise

“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.”

Delivering AI capabilities with comprehensive high-performance computing solutions and services

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning workloads demand a foundation of flexible, agile and high-performance computing (HPC)-optimized infrastructure to operate on. To empower customers to pursue these transformative capabilities Lenovo today announced two offerings designed specifically for future-defined workloads:

  • New GPUs for ThinkSystem SD530, including support for the latest NVIDIA Volta architecture-based Tesla V100 GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon Scalable Systems Family processors. The ThinkSystem SD530 is easily adaptable for customers seeking the power and scalability to drive large, complex environments such as high-performance computing and software defined offerings. With the new Tesla V100, the ThinkSystem SD530 becomes a powerful choice for AI applications including training workloads at scale and inference as well.
  • Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestrator (LiCO), a powerful management suite with an intuitive GUI that helps accelerate development of AI applications. LiCO includes the most popular open source AI frameworks, monitors neural network training, schedules AI workloads in multi-project environments and is able to work across different solution providers.

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.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (SEHK:0992) (Pink Sheets:LNVGY) is a US$43 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and data center technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, networking, software (including ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile solutions), smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps.


Source: Lenovo

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