More than a powerful workstation
It is loaded with transistors. It has a heavenly spec. The unit weighs in at 30 kg. The chassis is massive. Two Quadro REX 8000 are sitting just below the dual Xeon Silver 4216 processors. The processors are flanked by 192 GB of memory modules.
The Quadro RTX 8000 brings 18.6 billion transistors to bear on the toughest graphics and computing problems. Each Quadro is loaded with 48 GB of GDDR6 memory. The boards are connected with NVLink and the total 96 GB of memory can be used as a unified pool of memory.
Above the Quadro boards sit dual Xeon Silver 4216 processors with Deep Learning Boost technology. Each CPU has 16 cores and 32 threads and a base clock of 2.10 GHz with a boost clock of 3.2 GHz.
The 192 GB of ECC DDR4 memory is clocked at 2666 MHz. The test system is configured with a 2 TB SSD drive and an 8 TB SATA HDD.
Above, you are looking at well over 55 billion transistors - 39 billion of which are inside the Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs.
Optimized performance and productive out-of-the-box
The hardware configuration is impressive. The 3XS could handle workloads from many areas: simulation, rendering, and video to name a few. This system, however, is a Scan 3XS Data Science Workstation. It's no ordinary high-end machine.
The enterprise-level hardware and the extreme computing power are one pillar of the Data Science Workstation. The second pillar consists of a well-conceived software stack.
The pre-installed software stack targets the requirements of data scientists. At its foundation is Ubuntu 18.04. On top of which sits CUDA-X. CUDA-X provides GPU-optimized libraries and tools for HPC, artificial intelligence, and deep learning.
When I booted the system for the first time, the software stack was ready to run. It includes RAPIDS, TensorFlow, PyTorch, CAFFE, Docker, and more.
In short, the 3XS Data Scientist Workstation has been specially configured and extensively tested by the engineers at Scan. The extensive testing and specialized software stack means that you will get off to a fast start.
The third pillar is professional support. The 3XS Data Science Workstation has a 3 year support program. And that is not just any ho-hum support. The company has a dedicated AI / Data Science team with the ability to accompany you throughout your projects.
One. Two. Three. Powerful hardware. Specialized Software Stack. Domain-specific Support. That is a Quick Look at the Scan 3XS Data Science Workstation.
Stay tuned for the review.
Scan has been developing solutions for data science, HPC, and AI for years. It seems a natural fit for the company to be a specialized partner for NVIDIA's Data Science Workstation program.
The NVIDIA Data Science Workstation program launched in May 2019. You can read more about the program in the article "NVIDIA-Powered Data Science Workstations".
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