Rebecca Kao
Mar 14, 2018

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Our CEO, Todd Mostak, recently completed a European roadshow with Jim McHugh, NVIDIA Vice President and General Manager of AI Systems. They traveled to Munich, London and Paris to talk about the GPU-accelerated analytics ecosystem. It was a preview of what to expect at the GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley, March 26-29, 2018.

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Highlights from the European roadshow

There was a lot of excitement around GPU analytics during our European roadshow — especially with the increased adoption of AI. Here are key takeaways:

  • AI Revolution
  • Jim McHugh of NVIDIA noted that we’re entering a new “industrial revolution” that has been building through the previous PC and mobile eras, and now the cloud. Jim detailed how the combination of mobile with the cloud has made compute accessible anywhere, and how the combination of GPUs and deep learning that will produce truly game-changing insights.
  • “This opened up the modern world of AI,” McHugh said. “And it is going to spur so much progress that it will become the next industrial revolution.”
  • Life After Moore’s Law
  • Slow computing power has limited the potential of data exploration. Long query response times start to limit the questions that people ask.
  • In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted a yearly doubling in the number of circuits on an integrated and a decade after that, Moore revised his estimate to a 2-year doubling time. That prediction held for decades, but in 2015 Moore predicted that his law wouldn’t last another decade. The slowing of CPU growth has ushered in a new era of GPU computing and accelerated analytics.
  • “We realized if we could offload what is really a parallel process from the CPU and put it to the GPU, we could see eye-opening acceleration of applications,” McHugh said. “What used to be talked about as real-time is now measured in sub-seconds — the kind of time we need to have game-changing solutions.”
  • The Promise of Accelerated Analytics
  • Now any industry, from advertising to financial services to telecommunications, can benefit from those accelerated analytics. McHugh shared examples like exploring New York City taxi data, visualizing items delivered by the U.S. Postal Service and strengthening cyber security efforts to track and prevent attacks.
  • “Every part of the data migration, every part of the pipeline is being accelerated by solutions running on the GPU,” McHugh said. “We’re bringing the dreams of science fiction true.”

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Rebecca Kao

Rebecca Kao is a Marketing Director at HEAVY.AI. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Marketing Analytics at Ogilvy & Mather Singapore. She's also worked in digital marketing at Ogilvy New York, Universal McCann San Francisco, and an ad network in San Francisco.