AIRI: The industry’s first integrated AI-ready infrastructure for deep learning at scale


Pure Storage, the all-flash storage platform, has announced the industry’s first comprehensive AI-ready infrastructure, AIRI, powered by NVIDIA. Architected by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI is purpose-built to enable data architects, scientists and business leaders to extend the power of the NVIDIA DGX-1 and operationalise AI-at-scale for every enterprise. With AIRI, cloud, enterprise and government organisations can accelerate time-to-insight and bring new, impactful innovations to humanity, faster.

AIRI enables organisations to turn data into innovation at an unprecedented pace. AI represents an opportunity for enterprises to innovate not only at a product level, but within day-to-day operations as they lead their industries through periods of tremendous change. AIRI provides a simple, yet powerful, architecture that empowers organisations with the data-centric infrastructure needed to harness the true power of AI.

According to Gartner, 80% of enterprises will deploy AI by 2020.

“AI has fantastic potential for aiding humanity,” says Charles Giancarlo, CEO, Pure Storage. “It has the capacity to significantly improve the quality of all of our lives. Safer autonomous vehicles will save tens of thousands of lives and make us more efficient. AI-driven advances in life sciences have made preventative healthcare a current reality rather than a vague future possibility.  AI will provide highly personalised experiences for the consumer, while keeping online communities safer. AIRI will accelerate AI research, enabling innovators to more rapidly make advances to create a better world with data.”

Engineered as a fully integrated software and hardware solution by Pure Storage and NVIDIA, AIRI shatters infrastructure complexities that hold organisations back from deploying AI-at-scale. AIRI is powered by Pure Storage FlashBlade, the industry’s first storage platform architected for modern analytics and AI, and four NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers, delivering four petaFLOPS of performance with NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs.

These systems are interconnected with Arista 100GbE switches, supporting GPUDirect RDMA for maximum distributed training performance. AIRI is supported by the NVIDIA GPU cloud deep learning stack and Pure Storage AIRI scaling toolkit, enabling data scientists to jumpstart their AI initiatives in hours, not weeks or months.

“Businesses everywhere are scaling-up AI infrastructure to attack their most important challenges and opportunities,” comments Jim McHugh, vice president and general manager of Deep Learning Systems at NVIDIA. “With AIRI, our customers get a validated approach that brings together industry-leading compute and high-performance storage with proven results.”

AI could help transform the pathology and diagnostics industry

Paige.AI is an organisation focused on revolutionising clinical diagnosis and treatment in oncology through the use of AI. Pathology is the cornerstone of most cancer diagnoses. Yet most pathologic diagnoses rely on manual, subjective processes developed more than a century ago. By leveraging the potential of AI, Paige.AI aims to transform the pathology and diagnostics industry from highly qualitative to a more rigorous, quantitative discipline.

“Data is the fuel driving the AI revolution. With access to one of the world’s largest tumor pathology archives, we needed the most advanced deep learning infrastructure available to quickly turn massive amounts of data into clinically-validated AI applications,” says Dr. Thomas Fuchs, founder and chief science officer, Paige.AI. “That’s when we turned to NVIDIA DGX-1 and Pure Storage FlashBlade. The powerful combination of DGX-1 and FlashBlade accelerates our mission to catalyse the medical industry with AI.”

AIRI is available now through select reseller partners. Visit the Pure Storage website for more information or join the webinar on May 9, 2018.