World’s Top Server Vendors Unveil NVIDIA A100-Powered Servers

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Dell Technologies, HPE, Inspur, Lenovo, Asus, Fujitsu, Cisco, Atos, One Stop Systems, GIGABYTE, Supermicro, and Quanta/QCT, they all have announced NVIDIA A100-powered servers in a variety of designs and configurations to tackle the most complex challenges in AI, data science and scientific computing.

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Nvidia A100 GPU
The NVIDIA A100 PCIe GPU complements the four- and eight-way NVIDIA HGX A100 configurations launched last month to enable server makers to provide customers with a diverse set of offerings – from single A100 GPU systems to servers featuring 10 or more GPUs.

More than fifty A100-powered servers from these leading global vendors are expected following last month’s launch of the NVIDIA Ampere architecture and the NVIDIA A100 GPU. Availability of the new A100-powered servers varies, with thirty systems expected this summer, and over twenty more by the end of the year.

“Adoption of NVIDIA A100 GPUs into leading server manufacturers’ offerings is outpacing anything we’ve previously seen,” said Ian Buck, vice president and general manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “The sheer breadth of NVIDIA A100 servers coming from our partners ensures that customers can choose the very best options to accelerate their data centers for high utilization and low total cost of ownership.”

The first GPU based on the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, the A100 can boost performance by up to 20x over its predecessor, according to NVIDIA. This would make it the company’s largest leap in GPU performance to date. It features several technical breakthroughs, including:

  • A new multi-instance GPU technology enabling a single A100 to be partitioned into as many as seven separate GPUs to handle varying compute jobs.
  • Third-generation NVIDIA NVLink technology that makes it possible to join several GPUs together to operate as one giant GPU.
  • New structural sparsity capabilities that can be used to double a GPU’s performance.

PCIe Form Factor

NVIDIA also unveiled a PCIe form factor for the A100, complementing the four- and eight-way NVIDIA HGX A100 configurations launched last month. The addition of a PCIe version enables server makers to provide customers with a diverse set of offerings – from single A100 GPU systems to servers featuring 10 or more GPUs. These systems would accelerate a wide range of compute-intensive workloads, from simulating molecular behavior for drug discovery to building better financial models for mortgage approvals.

Some of the NVIDIA A100-powered server systems scheduled for launch include:

  • ASUS will offer the ESC4000A-E10, which can be configured with four A100 PCIe GPUs in a single server.
  • Atos is offering its BullSequana X2415 system with four NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs.
  • Cisco plans to support NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs in its Cisco Unified Computing System servers and in its hyperconverged infrastructure system, Cisco HyperFlex.
  • Dell Technologies plans to support NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs across its PowerEdge servers and solutions that accelerate workloads from edge to core to cloud, just as it supports other NVIDIA GPU accelerators, software and technologies in a wide range of offerings.
  • Fujitsu is bringing A100 GPUs to its PRIMERGY line of servers.
  • GIGABYTE will offer G481-HA0, G492-Z50 and G492-Z51 servers that support up to 10 A100 PCIe GPUs, while the G292-Z40 server supports up to eight.
  • HPE will support A100 PCIe GPUs in the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, and for accelerated HPC and AI workloads, in the HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 System.
  • Inspur is releasing eight NVIDIA A100-powered systems, including the Inspur NF5468M5, NF5468M6 and NF5468A5 using A100 PCIe GPUs, the NF5488M5-D, NF5488A5, NF5488M6 and NF5688M6 using eight-way NVLink, and the NF5888M6 with 16-way NVLink.
  • Lenovo will support A100 PCIe GPUs on select systems, including the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR670 AI-ready server. Lenovo will expand availability across its ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile portfolio in the fall.
  • One Stop Systems will offer its OSS 4UV Gen 4 PCIe expansion system with up to eight NVIDIA A100 PCIe GPUs to allow AI and HPC customers to scale out their Gen 4 servers.
  • Quanta/QCT will offer several QuantaGrid server systems, including D52BV-2U, D43KQ-2U and D52G-4U that support up to eight NVIDIA A100 PCIe GPUs.
  • Supermicro will offer its 4U A+ GPU system, supporting up to eight NVIDIA A100 PCIe GPUs and up to two additional high-performance PCI-E 4.0 expansion slots along with other 1U, 2U and 4U GPU servers.

NVIDIA A100 Optimized Software

NVIDIA A100 is supported by NVIDIA Ampere-optimized software, including CUDA 11; new versions of more than 50 CUDA-X librariesNVIDIA Jarvis, a multimodal, conversational AI services framework; NVIDIA Merlin, a deep recommender application framework; the RAPIDS suite of open source data science software libraries; and the NVIDIA HPC SDK, which includes compilers, libraries and software tools to maximize developer productivity and the performance and portability of HPC applications.

These software tools would enable developers to build and accelerate applications in HPC, genomics, 5G, data science, robotics and more.