What is interesting about the new UCS C480 ML M5 is the server for machine learning from Cisco
In March of this year, Cisco introduced the Cisco UCS B480 M5 server blade. On the basis of this system we are deployed a new pool of resources in St. Petersburg and we are preparing to launch a similar pool in Moscow. But literally six months later (in September) IT giant released one more novelty - UCS C480 ML M? "sharpened" for work with artificial intelligence systems. We tell what's inside, and why it's all data centers.
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The new development of the company is a modified version of the server. C480 M5 . To accelerate the processing of machine learning algorithms, two slots for the CPU in that server are replaced to the connectors for the GPU. In these slots were placed graphics accelerators Tesla V100-32G from NVIDIA.
The total number of cards reaches eight. The productivity of each of the accelerators is 47 times exceeds indicators of traditional processors on the tasks of in-depth training. Data exchange is via the built-in interface. NVLink Is 200 GB /s per GPU.
Also in the C480 ML M5 are installed. two Intel Xeon processors, each of which supports up to 28 cores, and 3 TB of RAM. At the same time, up to 24 HDDs or SSDs can be connected to the server via SAS or SATA interfaces.
Why you need a new server
According to the representatives of Cisco, the server should simplify the work with the models of machine learning at all stages of their development: from the collection and analysis of data to the output of processing results. In this case, it is suitable for working with pipelined applications in multi-cloud environments. It's about the Hadoop and Spark frameworks, as well as TensorFlow and PyTorch. In addition, Cisco is negotiating for cooperation with the platform Anaconda, and also working with Google on Kubeflow.
"The new ML M5 will simplify work with artificial intelligence systems for cloud providers and companies owning data centers," comments Sergey Belkin, Head of Development 1cloud . - Machine learning technologies can be used to evaluate all processes occurring in the data center. Such applications are already there are in the Cisco ecosystem. For example, Tetration Analytics collects telemetry data from software and hardware sensors and processes them using MO methods. "
Cisco expects that by 201? 70% of hacker attacks will use traffic encryption, so, in their opinion, the additional capacity of the new server will also play an important role in protecting the IT infrastructure of data centers. For these purposes, the IT giant also has its own solution: Encrypted Traffic Analytics. The system detects vulnerabilities in the infrastructure and detects malicious patterns, even in encrypted traffic.
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Note that the release of the C480 ML M5 will also affect the work of organizations that handle large amounts of data, such as medical and financial. Analysts and developers in these organizations will find it easier to extract useful information from Big Data. The new Cisco server will speed up the process of processing large sets of information and finding patterns (for example, when analyzing medical images).
By words representatives of Cisco, 80% of global businesses have already implemented services based on artificial intelligence technologies or will implement such solutions by 2020. And by 203? the technology MO will help enlarge productivity of organizations by 40%.
Prospects and plans for the future
Director of Research at Gartner Chirag Dekate (Chirag Dekate) believes that the C480 ML M5 will be in demand among the old and new customers of the company. At the same time, the director of work with partners Scott Mohr (Scott Mohr) says that Cisco will continue to improve solutions for services based on neural networks, and an important role in this process will play the customer experience. Therefore, now the novelty is tested by 50 partners of Cisco.
Later the system will be made available to all certified partners of the company. Despite the ongoing tests, it's not yet possible to say anything about the effectiveness of the new server. Cisco specialists (in contrast to the same NetApp) decided not to provide results of performance tests of Resnet or Alexnet, because, according to them, they do not reflect the state of affairs when working on real projects with machine learning.
Order C480 ML M5 will be available at the end of this year.
Several materials on the topic from the corporate blog 1cloud
Photo report - an overview of our new products: Cisco UCS B480 M5
How we implemented a modular architecture for our services: goals and challenges
How to ensure the security of data in the cloud
The leased infrastructure is better than the usual "iron"
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