News & Analysis Facebook Preps Open GPU Server

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facebook will make open source a GPU server geared for machine learning. Big Sur packs eight Nvidia Tesla M40 graphics accelerators, each drawing up to 300 watts, and is the first system to use the high-end cards targeted at training deep neural networks. The work is one of many efforts to apply FPGAs and GPUs to accelerate big data center jobs, increasingly using deep neural networks. More than a year ago rivals Baidu and Microsoft said they were rolling out FPGAs for a variety of data center applications including search, claiming GPUs have greater performance but at much higher power consumption and cost. In February, rivals Microsoft and Google announced breakthroughs in image recognition using deep neural networks. Big Sur marks Facebook’s first foray beyond standard…

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