RESEARCH PAPER: AI And HPC: Cloud Or On-Premises Hosting

By Patrick Moorhead, Karl Freund - February 4, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High-Performance Computing (HPC) are both computationally-intensive workloads. They demand fast central processing units (CPUs), accelerators, very large data sets, and fast networking to support the high degree of scaling typically required. All this fast hardware can be difficult to manage and expensive. AI and HPC adopters must try to minimize costs while delivering the performance and agility demanded by the organization’s mission. Chief among the decisions that must be made is whether to build and host the application on a public cloud or build an on-premises infrastructure. While the industry trend is clearly to move new applications to the cloud, AI and HPC workloads have performance, data requirements, and utilization characteristics that could lead one to go in the opposite direction.

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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Cloud Computing Landscape For AI And HPC
  • The Dell EMC Computing Portfolio For AI And HPC
  • Common Considerations
  • Conclusions And Recommendations
  • Figure 1: The Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140

Companies Cited

  • AWS
  • Amazon
  • Dell EMC
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • NVIDIA
  • RightScale Cloud Management
  • Xilinx
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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.

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