Today, NVIDIA has announced that the NVIDIA GPU Cloud now supports Microsoft Azure. This means that the developers can optimize their AI and HPC workflows with the help of this powerful software that is optimized for these supported GPUs. This cloud service will offer pre-configured containers with software that is accelerated by the GPU itself.
NVIDIA GPU Cloud supports Microsoft Azure
As per the announcement, there are 35 containers accelerated by the GPU and is intended for deep learning software, HPC applications and HPC Visualization tools. These services will be running on instances of Microsoft Azure with NVIDIA GPUs. At the moment, there are only 3 types of GPU instances supported. They are as follows:
- NCv3 (1,2 or 4 NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs)
- NCv2 (1,2 or 4 NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs)
- ND (1,2 or 4 NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPUs)
On the other hand, Microsoft has also announced their plans of releasing a new image called the NVIDIA GPU Cloud Image. It is intended for deep learning mainly and also HPC on Azure Marketplace is now available in order to make it easy for NGC Containers to be used with Azure. It will be offering a pre-configured environment for using containers from NGC on Azure. To get your hands on the NGC Containers on Azure right now, make sure that you get started by creating a new account for yourself here. After that, all you need to do is pull the containers to your Azure instance.
Both NVIDIA and Microsoft have made their parts of the announcements separately. You can read more about the announcement here and you can dive deeper into the announcement by Microsoft here.