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26 January, 2021 - 12:32 By Tony Quested

European power player chooses KAO Data Campus for key installation

Another global power player has chosen Kao Data’s Harlow campus for a high performance computing (HPC) installation.

InstaDeep’s decision follows that of US giant NVIDIA to place its new Arm-partnered AI supercomputer at the campus which is at the heart of the Cambridge-Stansted London business and technology corridor.

InstaDeep is a global leader in AI-powered decision-making solutions for enterprise. The new HPC installation at Kao Data’s Harlow campus allows InstaDeep to expand its research and development capabilities. 

Deployment of this sophisticated technical platform reinforces InstaDeep’s position as one of Europe’s preeminent providers of decision-making processes for real-life industrial environments.

Recently selected by CB Insights as one of the 100 most promising AI start-ups in the world, InstaDeep, a high-growth, AI scale-up, utilises its significant expertise within GPU-powered computing, machine learning and reinforcement learning to build products such as its unique DeepChain™ technology.

This cloud-native protein design platform allows the discovery of new protein designs validated with molecular dynamics simulations without human interaction. 

Today InstaDeep’s global reach includes a strategic collaboration with BioNTech on the discovery and development of novel immunotherapies, collaboration with Total on 3D microfossil image detection, segmentation and classification, and development of a train capacity and traffic management system for Deutsche Bahn.

InstaDeep’s supercomputer includes AMD EPYC (Milan) powered hardware, supported with the latest generation NVIDIA DGX A100 GPUs, Mellanox switches and a Ceph distributed storage system.

It is specifically configured to allow all compute nodes (CPUs and GPUs) access to the storage cluster, optimising performance and accelerating the reinforcement learning process. 

Given the advanced computing footprint InstaDeep will be operating and the massive datasets they will be utilising, choosing an industrial scale data centre that specialised in hosting HPC and NVIDIA GPUs was crucial.

After reviewing a number of providers, Kao Data was chosen because of the data centre’s technical excellence within HPC and AI, the specialist support from Kao Data’s team, and the ability for InstaDeep to bespoke build and host its cluster within 28kW adjacent and contiguous racks in a dedicated technology suite. 

In addition, Kao Data’s Megaport-enabled campus is engineered to be ultra-efficient and sustainable, meaning InstaDeep could benefit from competitive pricing and 100% certified, renewable power.

Karim Beguir, CEO and co-founder of InstaDeep, said: “InstaDeep is an EMEA leader in decision-making AI so it is key to deploy our supercomputing and AI hardware within a technically superior environment, capable of supporting the latest HPC and GPU-powered technologies.

“By working with Kao Data we have found a data centre that offers world-class infrastructure, specialist HPC support and the scalability to help us to grow our industry-leading AI product platforms and solutions.”

Kao Data’s Harlow campus – built on the site of Sir Charles Kao’s pioneering discovery of fibre optic cable in 1966 – is a development of four state-of the-art, OCP-Ready™, carrier neutral data centres.

When fully completed the 15 acre, £230 million-plus campus will support an ITE load of over 40MW, across 150,000 sq ft of technical space – all powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

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