After being announced in May, Nvidia is officially launching its hybrid cloud offering Base Command Platform in early August. The tool is a hosted cloud infrastructure that enables the development of end-to-end artificial intelligence applications. The platform is hosted by Equinix, leverages DGX SuperPOD supercomputers and can be made available through Nvidia’s AI LaunchPad partner program.
Infrastructure to help data scientist teams support large-scale AI development
The technology company designed the infrastructure with an eye toward meeting the internal needs of its own data scientist teams. In May, early access to Base Command Platform had been offered to a few organizations, including Adobe. The company is leveraging the solution so that its R&D teams can work on shared computing resources to simplify and accelerate the development process of its AI-based software.
Abhay Parasnis, CTO and product manager at Adobe, said around the solution:
“Base Command Platform provides an easy integration experience for AI developers. Our team is exploring the potential of Base Command Platform to simplify the workflow of developing machine learning induced models or features.”
Now, the tool is available as a monthly subscription with prices starting at $90,000 for a three-month commitment. It’s aimed at companies that need to support large-scale AI workflows, to manage projects from prototypes to model release in a multi-user or multi-team context, with an eye toward reducing the costs and complexity associated with the data gravity phenomenon.
A Multifunctional Cloud-Based Interface with State-of-the-Art Components
Manuvir Das, head of enterprise computing at Nvidia, explains the reasons behind the brand’s AI application development platform:
“As the adoption of AI in the enterprise increases, so does the demand for faster access to the state-of-the-art infrastructure offered by Nvidia and our partners. Base Command Platform gives enterprises easy and instant access to the power of an Nvidia DGX SuperPOD to accelerate the AI and data science development lifecycle.”
Base Command Platform provides a cloud-based interface, command-line API, built-in monitoring and reporting dashboards designed to support the AI development lifecycle. The tool is based on DGX SuperPOD supercomputers that were unveiled last April. Each DGX SuperPOD consists of 20 or more Nvidia DGX A100 systems, InfiniBand HDR networking and BlueField-2 DPUs.
It incorporates AI and data science tools, including Nvidia’s NGCTM software catalog, and is supported by a partner network spanning storage, digital infrastructure and machine learning companies. Included is NetAPP, which provides an integrated data management solution that gives Base Command Platform customers access to high-performance storage. Weights & Biases provides MLOps software with features such as experiment tracking, data versioning and model visualization.