Energy reduction for AI loads webinar highlights
- Energy in DCs for AI and the ANDREAS solution
- ANDREAS evolution in AI-SPRINT
- Roundtable and Q&A
- Participants and Poll questions
- Watch the recording
Cloud service providers and data centre owners have power consumption limits. Finding the optimal balance between the performance (Time to Solution) and power consumption (Energy to Solution) has significant economic implications. What’s more, the growing demand for ever larger AI/ML workloads on GPU makes it imperative to carefully manage power consumption while maximising the use of GPUs, which are high-value assets.
The jointly organised webinar by ANDREAS and AI-SPRINT "Energy reduction for AI loads" demonstrates how service providers and data centres can keep power consumption under control by simultaneously optimising workloads and lowering cloud resource usage costs for cloud users.
The webinar was opened by Fabrizio Magugliani, Strategic Planning and Business Development at E4 Computer Engineering SpA, who provided a complete overview of the requirements of today's data centres in terms of consumption, the growing demand for installed power, and drivers for innovation in the energy field. He concluded his presentation by spotlighting the main objectives of the ANDREAS project to support an efficient use of high-value computational resources.
Katarzyna Materka, Quality Manager at 7bulls.com, focused on the ANDREAS architecture, which is designed to support containerised AI training jobs in on-demand GPU systems, while minimising the expected energy costs. She also highlighted the ANDREAS framework for handling a complete training process of Artificial Intelligence models, including job scheduler, job optimiser and REST based API integrator.
More insights on energy reduction and AI came from Danilo Ardagna, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano in terms of how the job optimisation is performed. The solution is based on a greedy algorithm approach and experimental results, which allow energy cost reduction of 5% and 10% and a total cost reduction between 30% and 62% compared with first-principle methods.
Danilo Ardagna, Scientific Coordinator of AI-SPRINT, explained how this EU-funded project aims to overcome the twofold challenge related to cloud and IoT systems with a huge amount of data, as well as dealing with their complexity in terms of data heterogeneity, lack of engineering skills, and unstructured development processes.
AI-SPRINT plans to develop an integrated design runtime framework that provides simplified programming models which lower the time required for developing new AI applications. The framework developed by ANDREAS can be exploited by AI-SPRINT, in particular for the development of its thematic use cases (Personalised Healthcare, Maintenance & Inspection, and Farming 4.0).
The webinar was followed by an interesting panel discussion, moderated by Stephanie Parker, Senior Research Analyst at Trust-IT Services, which brought together members of the AI-SPRINT project and external experts: Paweł Bochniarz, Partner at ASI ValueTech Seed Fund VC, Daniele Cesarini, HPC Specialist at Cineca High Performance Computing Department, Michela Milano, Full Professor at Università di Bologna, Gianluca Palermo, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano and Maria Vaquero, Innovation Manager at Cloud&Heat.
Discussions with the panel of experts focused on their rich and diverse viewpoints on how the landscape will evolve over the next 3 to 5 years and the priorities to focus on in the short term in the areas of:
- Energy efficiency in supercomputers in the shift towards exascale.
- Power-aware aspects of drug discovery in exascale architectures.
- Energy efficiency in data centres for applications that need a lot of computing resources.
- AI and decision support in application areas like energy, computing and sustainability.
- AI/ML with heavy GPU usage, e.g. in neural networks training and computer vision, from both an HPC and SME/start-up perspective.
The webinar attracted a total of 29 participants, from 10 countries.
The interactive features included live polling with the audience to better understand their familiarity with energy efficiency and transfer of research results. The following graphs show the main findings and takeaways from the short surveys: