Two Top European AI Centers Enter Research Collaborations with NVIDIA

by Alex White

Two of Europe’s top AI research centers entered into collaborations today with NVIDIA to ramp up their efforts in the fast-growing field.

The joint work with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence — known by the German language acronym DFKI — and Switzerland’s Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence — known by the Italian language acronym IDSIA — was announced today by NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang.

“This important instrument of AI research should be put into the hands of the world’s best AI scientists,” Huang told 1,600 attendees at our inaugural GTC Europe conference in Amsterdam.

The organizations — which rank among the Europe’s most important research institutions in deep learning — will be among the first users NVIDIA’s new DGX-1 AI supercomputer.

“They’ll have access to the DGX-1 AI supercomputer, they’ll have access to our research, and, of course, they’ll have all kinds of abilities to collaborate with us to move AI into society in a good way,” Huang said.

DGX-1 packs 170 teraflops of computing power, equal to 250 conventional servers, into a single box. It’s powered by eight NVIDIA Pascal powered Tesla P100 accelerators, interconnected with high-speed NVIDIA NVLink technology, and includes a range of deep learning frameworks.

NVIDIA will provide the Germany’s DFKI with both research funding over four years and one of the first available NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers.

“The strengthening of our co-operation with NVIDIA will further accelerate the considerable advances DFKI has made in the domains of self-driving cars, multimedia opinion mining, emergency response and Industry 4.0,” said Damian Borth, director of DFKI’s Deep Learning Competence Center. “It complements the ambitions of the Deep Learning Competence Center to enhance basic research and industrial knowledge transfer in the field of AI.”

Huang also announced a collaboration with the IDSIA, located near Lugano, which will also receive research funding over four years and and a DGX-1 AI supercomputer.

“We are delighted to extend our interaction with NVIDIA through this initiative,” said Jürgen Schmidhuber, scientific director of IDSIA. “Since the 1980s I have been working on building an AI smarter than myself so that I can retire! The methods we have developed on the way to this goal are now heavily used by the world’s most valuable public companies. But much remains to be done, and NVIDIA’s support will help us continue to push the limits.”