HPE acquires Determined AI

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that it has acquired Determined AI, a San Francisco-based startup that delivers a software stack to train AI models faster, at any scale, using its open-source machine learning (ML) platform.

HPE will combine Determined AI’s open-source AI training platform with its high performance computing (HPC) solutions to enable machine learning engineers to accelerate the time-to-production for AI systems.

‘As we enter the Age of Insight, our customers recognize the need to add machine learning to deliver better and faster answers from their data,’ said Justin Hotard, senior vice president and general manager, HPC and Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), HPE. ‘AI-powered technologies will play an increasingly critical role in turning data into readily available, actionable information to fuel this new era. Determined AI’s unique open-source platform allows ML engineers to build models faster and deliver business value sooner without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure.’

Determined AI’s open-source machine learning training platform helps scientists and researchers to manage a highly parallel software ecosystem and infrastructure so they can focus on innovation and accelerate their time to delivery. This can be accomplished by removing the complexity and cost associated with machine learning development. This includes making it easy to set up, configure, manage and share workstations or AI clusters that run on-premises or in the cloud.

Determined AI also makes it easier and faster for users to train their models through a range of capabilities that significantly speed up training, which in one use case related to drug discovery, went from three days to three hours. These capabilities include accelerator scheduling, fault tolerance, high-speed parallel and distributed training of models, advanced hyperparameter optimization and neural architecture search, reproducible collaboration and metrics tracking.

Evan Sparks, CEO of Determined AI comments: ‘The Determined AI team is excited to join HPE, who shares our vision to realise the potential of AI. Over the last several years, building AI applications have become extremely compute, data, and communication intensive. By combining with HPE’s HPC and AI solutions, we can accelerate our mission to build cutting edge AI applications and significantly expand our customer reach.’

Additionally, through HPE GreenLake cloud services for High Performance Computing (HPC), HPE is making HPC and AI solutions even more accessible and affordable to the commercial market with fully managed services that can run in a customer’s data centre, in a colocation or at the edge using the HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform.

Determined AI was founded in 2017 by Neil Conway, Evan Sparks, and Ameet Talwalkar, and based in San Francisco. Its solution has been adopted by customers across a wide range of industries, such as biopharmaceuticals, autonomous vehicles, defence contracting, and manufacturing.