Purpose-Built AI Accelerators Deployment for High Performance Computing


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego a $5 million grant to acquire a high-performance computer, Voyager, for conducting artificial intelligence (AI) research across a wide swath of science and engineering domains. An equivalent amount of additional NSF funding is expected to support community engagement and operation of the resource. As AI/DL research workloads increase in size, complexity and demand, there’s a growing need, particularly for increased training performance and efficiencies. SDSC has selected the Intel company’s Habana Labs accelerators, designed expressly to drive efficiencies in the data center, to provide high-performance AI compute for its experimental Voyager supercomputer. In this fireside chat we will discuss why SDSC selected Habana AI accelerators for Voyager and how this new class of AI compute solutions will enhance SDSC’s AI research capability.


Stephan Gillich, Director of Artificial Intelligence - GTM, Datacenter Solutions & Sales, Intel Corporation

Stephan Gillich is Director of Artificial Intelligence - GTM in Intel’s Datacenter Solutions & Sales. His responsibilities include the positioning of Intel products and solutions in the Artificial Intelligence and technical computing environment. Together with his cross-site and inter-organizational team, Stephan Gillich plans and implements strategies worldwide including the European region and the Middle East. Stephan joined Intel as a Computer Scientist in the Supercomputing Division. Since then, he has gained comprehensive expertise on clients and servers in numerous business areas and he has held various management positions with responsibility for technology and the positioning and marketing of relevant products for businesses, industries and end-users. As a member of the steering committee of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) he has also worked towards the expansion of unified standards in the media industry. Stephan Gillich holds a degree (Dipl. Inform. univ.) in Computer Science from the Technische Universität München.

Eitan Medina, Habana Labs, an Intel Company

Eitan Medina is the Chief Business Officer at Habana. Prior to Habana, Mr. Medina was the Vice President of Marketing at InvenSense (acquired by TDK) and Vice President of Engineering at Audience Inc. (acquired by Knowles). Mr. Medina was also the Vice President of Cellular Engineering at Marvell and the Chief Technology Officer at Galileo (acquired by Marvell). Mr. Medina holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel.

Amit Majumdar, Division Director, Data Enabled Scientific Computing, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego

Amit Majumdar is the Division Director of the Data Enabled Scientific Computing division at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences at the University of California San Diego. His research interests are in high performance computing, computational science, cyberinfrastructure and science gateways. He is interested in convergence of HPC and data science. He is PI/Co-PI on multiple research projects related to HPC machines/programming, neuroscience cyberinfrastructure, neuromorphic computing and education/outreach and which are funded by NSF, NIH, DOD and industry. He received bachelor’s in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Jadavpur University, Calcutta; master's in nuclear engineering from the Idaho State University, Pocatello; Ph.D. degree in the interdisciplinary program of nuclear engineering and scientific computing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is member of IEEE, SIAM, APS, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), and Organization for Computational Neuroscience (OCNS).