Nvidia’s Transformative Announcements at AWS re:Invent 2023: DGX Cloud, Project Ceiba, and NeMo Retriever

Srishti Dey
Srishti Dey January 13, 2024
Updated 2024/01/13 at 8:03 AM

At the AWS re:Invent conference, Nvidia and Amazon Web Services (AWS) presented a number of innovative projects that strengthened their strategic alliance. Over a period of more than 13 years, this partnership has seen Nvidia GPUs become prominent in AWS cloud computing instances since 2010. The most recent announcements include the launch of NeMo Retriever, which is intended to improve large language models (LLMs) for enterprise-grade chatbots; Project Ceiba, a massive public cloud supercomputing platform; and DGX Cloud, which is powered by the Grace Hopper GH200 superchip.

Nvidia with AWS: An Innovative Alliance
Nvidia and AWS’s long-standing partnership has been essential to advancing both innovation and operational excellence. Nvidia’s vice president of hyperscale and high performance computing, Ian Buck, highlights that this collaboration extends beyond hardware, with a number of software integrations improving AWS’s functionality and user experience. In addition to AWS, the two businesses’ shared clients Anthropic, Cohere, and Stability AI have benefited from their synergy.

DGX Cloud: Unlocking the Potential of Supercomputing on AWS
DGX Cloud is an implementation of Nvidia hardware and software tailored for AI supercomputing capabilities, first shown at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC). With the latest announcement, AWS now offers the Grace Hopper GH200 superchip, a major development in supercomputing power. Using Nvidia’s fast NVLink networking technology, the GH200 chips are integrated into 32 GH200 superchips in a rack design known as the GH200 NVL-32 in the AWS version of DGX Cloud. With a total of 20 terabytes of fast memory spread throughout the rack, this configuration offers an astounding 128 petaflops of AI capability.

“For the era of generative AI, this is a new rack-scale GPU architecture,” Ian Buck said.

AWS re:Invent 2023 Event | November 27 - December 1 | NVIDIA


Ceiba: An Aspiring Cloud AI Supercomputer
Building the biggest cloud AI supercomputer in the world is the goal of Nvidia and AWS’s joint venture, Project Ceiba. Utilizing the Elastic Fabric Adapter, Nitro system, and Amazon EC2 UltraCluster scalability technologies, this ambitious project entails the deployment of 16,000 Grace Hopper Superchips. Up to 9.5 Petabytes of total RAM and an astounding 64 Exaflops of AI capability are the results.
The research and engineering departments at Nvidia will use this supercomputer, which is housed within AWS infrastructure, for a variety of AI applications, such as graphics, large language model research, image processing, video analysis, 3D modeling, generative AI, digital biology, robotics research, and developments in self-driving car technology.

Redefining Enterprise Chatbots with NeMo Retriever
Nvidia presents NeMo Retriever technology in response to the enterprise’s increased demand for large language models (LLMs) that perform well. Through the use of “Retrieval Augmented Generation” (RAG), NeMo Retriever makes it easier for LLMs to interact with business data, hence improving the capabilities of chatbots. The objective of this method is to increase the accuracy and value of chatbots for business users.

Ian Buck claims that the coupling of AI and private company data is the “holy grail” of chatbots since most useful data is kept inside an organization’s databases. NeMo Retriever is preconfigured with a set of retrieval microservices and enterprise-grade models that are ready to be deployed and integrated into business operations. Accelerated vector search is another feature of the technology that helps vector databases operate more efficiently.

Dropbox, SAP, and ServiceNow are a few notable early users of NeMo Retriever.

Nvidia is a leader in the development of AI.
The most recent announcements made by Nvidia at AWS re:Invent represent a substantial advancement in AI technology. All of these projects—from the launch of the GH200 superchip to the audacious Project Ceiba and the useful uses of NeMo Retriever—signal revolutionary developments in the fields of artificial intelligence and supercomputing.

Businesses may expect more developments in AI-powered products as long as Nvidia and AWS’s partnership stays dynamic. With its innovative hardware, strong alliances, and unwavering commitment to quality, Nvidia is positioned to play a significant role in influencing the direction of artificial intelligence.

Nvidia’s projects revealed at AWS re:Invent promise not only incremental gains but revolutionary advances in the field of supercomputing and AI, paving the way for a new age of possibilities in an environment where data processing and AI skills are critical.

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