NVIDIA Bolsters Singapore’s AI Ambitions

Singapore gets an AI boost with the launch of the Future Talents Program and [email protected]

AsianScientist (Oct. 25, 2017) – NVIDIA Corporation is partnering with Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) and National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) to drive AI adoption, research and innovation.

The EDB-NVIDIA Future Talents Program, aimed at developing a strong pool of AI talent in Singapore, was announced at the NVIDIA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference held on October 24, 2017 at Suntec Singapore. Under the program, 30 postgraduate scholarships will be awarded to citizens or permanent residents of Singapore to study neural networks, machine learning and architecture development for graphics processing units (GPUs).

In conjunction with the Future Talents Program, NVIDIA will establish an AI Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

“Through the scholarships and the establishment of the AI Lab in SUTD, NVIDIA hopes to nurture AI talent that can help Singapore with its Smart Nation initiatives. Our GPUs are transforming industries across the world and we believe that we can help Singapore transform and advance with deep learning,” said Mr. Raymond Teh, Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales and Marketing, NVIDIA.

Also announced at the conference was a partnership between NVIDIA and NSCC to establish a platform in support of AI Singapore (AISG), a national program set up in May 2017.

Called [email protected], it will provide AI training, technical expertise and computing services to AISG, which brings together all Singapore-based research and tertiary institutions, including SUTD, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, as well as research institutions in the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

In line with AISG’s broader aims to nurture a local community of doers and thinkers in AI, [email protected] is designed to be a ‘makerspace’ environment. Using shared resources and intentionally designed facilities, the ecosystem will maximize community interaction and collaboration, also encouraging adoption of intellectual property generated by AISG.

“We are delighted to work with AISG to target high-performance AI users and promote a high rate of adoption in our communities including industry users,” said Professor Tan Tin Wee, Director, NSCC. “We will work closely with NVIDIA and tap its expertise to fully integrate the AI machines with our current petascale supercomputer, ASPIRE 1.”

“Existing users of NSCC will have a seamless experience in analyzing their huge datasets already in our multi-petabyte high-performance storage systems,” he added.

The platform will be launched early next year and located at NSCC’s Data Centre in Connexis Building, Fusionopolis. For training and research, it will be equipped with six NVIDIA® DGX-1™ deep learning supercomputers. The supercomputers are packed with 48 NVIDIA Tesla® V100 GPUs, which provide up to 99 times more throughput than standard CPUs—offering up to six Tensor petaflops of AI computing power for AISG’s researchers and collaborators to run AI frameworks and algorithm and conduct proofs of concept.

“A key feature of AISG is a series of Grand Challenges that will inspire both the research community and end users from industry to address major societal challenges that are not only relevant for Singapore but also the global community,” said Professor Ho Teck Hua, Executive Chairman, AISG, and Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at NUS.

The agreement also covers the provision of intensive deep learning training for at least 400 persons through NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI). The planned workshops offer hands-on training for developers, data scientists and researchers looking to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems with deep learning.

Through self-paced labs and instructor-led workshops, DLI provides training on the latest techniques for designing, training and deploying neural networks across a variety of application domains. Participants will explore widely used open-source frameworks as well as NVIDIA’s latest GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms.

“NVIDIA is helping industries transform with deep learning using our GPU computing technologies. We are delighted to partner with NSCC to establish this shared facility to support AISG’s mission, giving them a powerful platform for their AI projects and innovations in areas such as intelligent video analytics, natural language processing, genomics and life sciences, and cybersecurity,” said NVIDIA’s Teh.


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