AI computing pioneer Graphcore opens office in India

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AI computing pioneer Graphcore opens office in India

Pune Maharashtra India January 13 ANI NewsVoir AI compute systems maker Graphcore announced the opening of its first office in India, under the leadership of former Cray executive Sudhakar Yerneni.

A growing team of sales and technical support staff will work with customers and partners across India to drive the adoption of Graphcore's advanced AI systems, which are powered by the company's Intelligence Processing Unit IPU Graphcore's focus on India, which is reflected the rapid growth of artificial intelligence by both the public and private sectors. In its report on Artificial Intelligence India 2021, Analytics India Magazine and TAPMI notes the increasing impact of AI across industrial, retail, healthcare, oil gas, and other sectors of the Indian economy. India is primed to take advantage of the AI revolution. Sudhakar Yerneni, Territory Manager for India, said the technology has the power to transform our economy and ensure our continued status as a leading research nation in sectors such as healthcare, finance, energy, agriculture, and beyond.

Graphcore's compute systems are accelerating the pace of AI innovation around the world, with IPU users making breakthroughs that are not possible on other technologies. We're excited to see what our customers in India can do, given that same advantage. One of the first users of Graphcore IPU systems in India is the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing C-DAC. The centre will offer remote access to its IPU-POD system to academic and research institutions in India.

C-DAC exists to advance India's advanced compute capability, so it is only natural that we would want to explore the many possibilities offered by Graphcore's IPU. After taking delivery of the IPU-POD system for evaluation, we are now able to make that technology available to researchers and academics across the country. Sanjay Wandhekar, Senior Director of HoD HPC Technologies, CDAC, Pune, said that the IPU's innovative uses will enable new AI breakthroughs and accelerate current workloads.

Graphcore was founded in Bristol, UK in 2016 by Nigel Toon and Simon Knowles, two silicon industry veterans who anticipated the need for a new type of compute technology specifically designed for artificial intelligence.

Intel's Intelligence Processing Unit IPU is a massively parallel processor with 1,472 independent cores, capable of running nearly 9,000 independent program threads. IPU's Multiple Instruction Multiple Data MIMD architecture reflects the requirements of modern AI workloads, unlike GPUs and CPUs.

IPUs power Graphcore's IPU-POD datacentre systems, which can be built up to large scale configurations of up to 64,000 IPUs offering Exascale compute.

Graphcore's Poplar software stack allows users to access the power of the IPU, both with its native Poplar Advanced Run Time PopART and compatibility with popular frameworks such as PyTorch and Tensorflow.

Customers include NHN, KT Korea Telecom Oxford Man Institute for Quantitative Finance, Tractable, and more.

Academic institutions using the IPU include Stanford University Medical School, UC Berkeley, University de Paris, University of Oxford, University of Bristol, Imperial College London and more.

Graphcore investors include Microsoft, Samsung, Dell, BMW iVentures, Bosch, Sequoia Capital, Fidelity, Schroders and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, as well as leading AI innovators, including Deepmind Co-founder Demis Hassabis and Open AI co-founder Ilya Sutskever.

Sudhakar Yerneni started his career in the Scientific Computing Group at the Centre for Advanced Computing CDAC in Pune. He has worked extensively with high performance computing systems, and joined Hinditron as an Applications Analyst, focusing on Cray Systems.

Sudhakar then moved to Cray where he became India country manager. Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquired Cray from his 13 year tenure and extended his 13 year tenure. Sudhakar holds a doctoral degree in geophysics. This is a link to the Hindi press release.

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