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GigaSpaces, Intel partnership makes AI accessible without expensive hardware or GPUs

GigaSpaces is integrating its InsightEdge platform with Intel's BigDL library for Apache Spark to make it easier for more firms to adopt AI and machine learning.

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A new partnership between GigaSpaces and Intel aims to simplify AI deployments in the enterprise, eliminating the need for expensive specialized hardware and reducing reliance on GPUs, the company announced in a press release.

The new solution will be built on an integration between GigaSpaces' InsightEdge platform and the Intel BigDL open source deep learning library for Apache Spark, the release said. The solution brings a distributed deep learning framework the drives enterprise insights, according to a GigaSpaces blog post.

GigaSpaces, which provides in-memory computing (IMC) platforms, has worked in industries like financial services, healthcare, transportation, and retail, and noted a rise of AI adoption in those fields, the release said. As such, the firm has boosted its own analytics offerings through Apache Spark, now integrating with BigDL to further broaden its portfolio.

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"The BigDL and AI portfolio provide an infrastructure-optimized solution for deep learning workloads leveraging Intel Xeon Scalable processors," the release said. "Together the technologies fill a critical market gap by creating an intelligent insight platform that makes it easy to innovate on real-time advanced analytics applications with low risk and TCO."

The new integrated offering offers three key benefits: Cost savings, simplicity, and scalability.

Because Intel's BigDL makes expensive deep learning hardware unnecessary, companies can use low-cost compute infrastructure instead. This way, they can save money when running deep learning workloads, as they don't have to put up the cash to invest in GPU performance, the release noted.

To say deep learning is complex is an understatement, but the InsightEdge analytics stack, leveraging BigDL and Apache Spark, minimizes the number of moving parts involved with training deep learning workflows and simplifies the process, the release said.

The partnership will also improve scalability, as users can scale workloads like text mining, image recognition, and more "from a handful of machines to thousands of nodes in the cloud or on-premises, using the same application assets and deployment lifecycle," the release noted.

"Harnessing the business value of artificial intelligence is often challenged by the lack of mature compute infrastructure and technology complexity, leading to inefficiency and slower time-to-analytics," Ali Hodroj, vice president of products and strategy at GigaSpaces, said in the release. "Our integration with BigDL helps enterprises deploy, manage, and optimize a simplified and comprehensive AI technology stack for automated intelligence without the need for expensive, specialized hardware or complex big data solutions."

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. A new partnership between GigaSpaces and Intel looks to build an Apache Spark-based insights platform that will help simplify AI deployments in the enterprise.
  2. The joint offering lowers cost by allowing users to leverage cheap compute infrastructure instead of specialized hardware and GPUs.
  3. The integration will also make AI and machine learning deployments simpler and more scalable, a press release said.

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