Smartest AI Researchers Get Fastest GPUs: NVIDIA Gives Away More V100s

We’re working to put the world’s fastest GPU into the hands of the world’s smartest AI researchers.

Last month in Honolulu, NVIDIA shocked top AI researchers, giving them the world’s first NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators. Last night, in Sydney, we struck again, handing out 15 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators.

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Sergey Levine, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who is known for his work at the intersection of deep learning and robotics.

Caption: A few of the 15 recipients of a V100 on Monday night. From left, back row: Tatsuya Harada (University of Tokyo); Ben Poole (Stanford University); Aaron Courville (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms); Sergey Levine (UC Berkeley); Sedat Ozer (MIT). From left, front row: Marc Law (University of Toronto); Rupesh Srivastava (IDSIA); Pedro Domingos (University of Washington); Lars Mescheder (MPI Tübingen) and Jakob Foerster (Oxford University).

Given out at a meetup for participants in our NVIDIA AI Labs program at the International Conference on Machine Learning, and signed by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, the V100s are the world’s most powerful GPUs, offering more than 100 teraflops of deep learning performance.

“We are going to melt this with our algorithms, then we are going to melt the world,” said the University of Washington’s Pedro Domingos.

Through NVAIL, NVIDIA supports AI research at the world’s top universities and institutes.

Last month in Honolulu, NVIDIA shocked top AI researchers, giving them the world’s first NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators. Last night, in Sydney, we struck again, handing out 15 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators.

Recipients of the V100s at last night’s meetup included representatives from Carnegie Mellon University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), IDSIA – the Swiss AI Lab, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MPI Tübingen, the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, National Taiwan University, Oxford University, Peking University, Stanford University, Tsinghua University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Tokyo, the University of Toronto and the University of Washington.

“We are very much reliant on NVIDIA technology,” said Aaron Courville, of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms. “More GPUs is always a very good thing, and very important for us”

All the recipients are from NVAIL member institutions.

“Supporting innovation at every level is a hallmark of NVIDIA,” says Ian Buck, general manager and vice president of Accelerating Computing at NVIDIA. “Our NVAIL partners are at the forefront of AI, making new discoveries every day that can benefit our lives.”

NVIDIA Pioneering Research Awards: Recognizing the World’s Best AI Research

AI researchers displaying the first NVIDIA Pioneering Research Awards include, from left to right: Aaron Courville with Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, Chelsea Finn with UC Berkeley, Sergey Levine with UC Berkeley, Sedat Ozer with MIT, Rupesh Srivastava with IDSIA, Marc Law with University of Toronto and Tatsuya Harada with University of Tokyo.

Another surprise at the meetup: the launch of the NVIDIA Pioneering Research Awards. It’s a new program to celebrate the acceptance of NVAIL partners’ research papers at conferences such as ICML.

Award recipients received a plaque featuring the first page of their papers. Inaugural winners include:

UC Berkeley’s Chelsea Finn, center, and Sergey Levine, right, were among the world’s first seven AI researchers to receive the NVIDIA Pioneering Award, presented by NVIDIA’s NVAIL program leader Anushree Saxena, on the left.

“I am very excited and honored to receive this award,” said Professor Tatsuya Harada of the University of Tokyo.

“It’s really great to see that NVIDIA is really so involved in research, that they invite us out here and that they look at the kind of papers we are writing and recognize that,” said Berkeley’s Levine.

Stay tuned to our blog to learn more about NVAIL. Next up, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the cutting edge work our partners are debuting at ICML.

 

 

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  • JD Campbell

    Totally bummed I couldn’t fly out to Hawaii now!! 🙁