HPE launches new platforms and services to simplify AI, deep learning adoption

A new HPE AI Innovation Center, a Deep Learning Cookbook, and a combined hardware and software offering are some of the recent initiatives advancing the firm's AI efforts.

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A new set of products and services unveiled by HPE on Wednesday aim to accelerate enterprise adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), making it easier to take advantage of technologies like deep learning, the firm announced in a press release.

Deep learning can be used for processes such as image, face, or voice recognition, along with image classification and more, the release said. However, implementing such technologies often requires a complex compute infrastructure to build the models and make use of the data itself.

Additionally, specialized hardware and software, along with deep technical expertise to integrate such tools, often create other barriers to adopting deep learning. According to the HPE release, its recent announcements are meant to help businesses overcome these challenges.

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One of the first solutions mentioned was the HPE Rapid Software Installation for AI, an integrated hardware and software offering geared toward deep learning. It is based on the HPE Apollo 6500 system, and includes deep learning frameworks and libraries, along with automated updates. It also offers support for NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs.

Another part of the announcement is the HPE Deep Learning Cookbook, which the release describes as "a set of tools to guide customers in selecting the best hardware and software environment for different deep learning tasks." It can help users better understand specific deep learning frameworks and hardware performance.

HPE also detailed aspects of its AI Innovation Centers. Located in Houston, TX, Palo Alto, CA, and Grenoble, France, the centers help facilitate long-term research and collaborations between education and the private sector, the release said.

Finally, the Enhanced HPE Centers of Excellence (CoE) help IT and data science teams boost their deployments of deep learning and get a better return on their investment, the release said. Through the CoE--located in Houston, Palo Alto, Tokyo, Bangalore, Grenoble, and Bangalore, India--customers can access new technologies and additional expertise as well.

"We live in a world today where we're generating copious amounts of data, and deep learning can help unleash intelligence from this data," Pankaj Goyal, vice president of the Artificial Intelligence Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said in the release. "However, a 'one size fits all' solution doesn't work. Each enterprise has unique needs that require a distinct approach to get started, scale and optimize its infrastructure for deep learning."

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. HPE launched a new set of products and services that businesses can use to more easily adopt AI and boost their deep learning deployments.
  2. The HPE Rapid Software Installation for AI combines hardware and software, with a focus on deep learning, to lower the barrier to adoption.
  3. HPE also detailed how its AI Innovation Centers and Centers of Excellence go further to aid deep learning adoption, providing support and access to new technologies.

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