VAST Data Debuts LightSpeed Storage Platform To Power The Next Decade of Machine Intelligence
NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VAST Data, the storage company breaking decades-old tradeoffs, today announced the availability of its next generation storage architecture designed to eliminate the compromises of storage scale, performance and efficiency to help organizations harness the power of AI as they evolve their data agenda in the age of machine intelligence. Dubbed LightSpeed, this new concept combines the light-touch of VAST’s simple NAS appliance experience with leadership-class performance for NVIDIA® GPU-based and AI processor-based computing, taking the guesswork and configuration out of scaling up AI infrastructure.
LightSpeed is both a product and a concept, designed to address all facets of storage deployment that system architects face when designing next-generation AI infrastructure, that includes:
In addition, the company also announced LightSpeed cluster configurations that make it imple for customers and partners to balance their GPU cluster scale with capacity and performance-rich storage:
“Today, VAST is throwing down the gauntlet to declare that customers no longer need to choose between simplicity, speed and cost when shaping their AI infrastructure strategy,” said Jeff Denworth, Co-founder and CMO at VAST Data. “Let the data scientists dance with their data by always feeding their AI systems with training and inference data in real-time. The LightSpeed concept is simple: no HPC storage muss, no budgetary fuss, and performance that is only limited by your ambition.”
“At AI scale, efficiency is essential to application performance, which is why it’s critical to avoid any unnecessary data copies between compute and storage systems,” said Charlie Boyle, vice president and general manager of DGX Systems at NVIDIA. “VAST Data’s integration of GPUDirect Storage in the new LightSpeed platform delivers a distributed NFS storage appliance that supports the intense demands of AI workloads.”
On the heels of its growing collaboration with NVIDIA, VAST is being selected by a variety of industry-leading customers who are adopting AI to modernize their application environment, including new LightSpeed customer wins at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and with the US Department of Energy. With VAST’s groundbreaking flash economics, the Martinos Center has started a strategic shift to all-flash Universal Storage to help accelerate image analysis across massive troves of MRI and PET scan data, while simultaneously eliminating the uptime challenges previously faced with hard-drive based storage systems.
“VAST delivered an all-flash solution at a cost that not only allowed us to upgrade to all-flash and eliminate our storage tiers, but also saved us enough to pay for more GPUs to accelerate our research. This combination has enabled us to explore new deep-learning techniques that have unlocked invaluable insights in image reconstruction, image analysis, and image parcellation both today and for years to come.” — Bruce Rosen, Martinos Center Executive Director
VAST will participate in NVIDIA’s virtual GPU Technology Conference, October 5-19, as a Regional Platinum sponsor. For more information on the event, VAST’s participation, and to register, please click here.
For more on the Martinos Center’s work with VAST, click here.
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