Facebook Open Sourcing AI Hardware Design

Facebook recently announced open sourcing hardware design for its custom designed Open Rack compatible hardware. Attributing advances in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to richer data sets and more powerful GPU-based systems, Facebook is unveiling its next generation systems code-named “Big Sur”, after the synonymous location in California.Big Sur is powered by eight Nvidia Tesla M40 GPU’s, each consuming up to 300 Watts. The design can support a wide range of PCI-e cards other than Nvidia Tesla, according to Facebook. Using off the shelf components, this hardware design can be used in standard Open Compute compliant data centers. Facebook has previously open-sourced deep-learning modules for Torch, a scientific computing framework with wide support for machine learning algorithms. Torch modules alongside with open-sourcing Big Sur designs can benefit greatly academics and…


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