NVIDIA Corp will be investing $14.2 million over a period of three years to establish the Nvidia Technology Centre Asia Pacific based in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The development is supported by the city-state’s Economic Development Board (EDB).
According to official statements, the research & development facility will be the first of its kind regionally, with a core focus on deep learning research and development (R&D). The centre will deploy Nvidia’s graphics processing unit (GPU) platforms to develop solutions for both the private and public sectors, the company stated in a media release.
The establishment of the centre will see the deployment of a broad range of proprietary Nvidia technologies; the Nvidia Drive PX platform for automated and unmanned systems and vehicles, as well as the Nvidia Tesla platform, which it claims currently powers deep learning on the world’s top five public clouds and some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.
“I am pleased that Nvidia’s centre will facilitate innovation and talent development through partnerships with Singapore-based companies, institutes of higher learning and government agencies. This model of partnership-driven innovation will support our ongoing efforts to position Singapore as the ‘Digital Capital of Asia’,” said Kiren Kumar, director of infocomm and media at the EDB.
The centre will be used to develop and evolve solutions, such as deep machine learning for Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, intelligent video analytics, and large-scale data analytics. Machine learning has evolved considerably in recent times, due to the powerful and efficient parallel processing provided by general-purpose graphic processing units (GPUs).
Besides its collaboration with the EDB, another government agency it will be partnering with in the city-state is the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Given the city-state’s ambitions, one area that it may want to investigate via this development is the development of open source GPUs, which aligns with its technological and manufacturing ambitions.
Since committing to a partnership in June 2014, targeted at accelerating the growth and competitiveness of Singapore’s technology industry, the IDA has been working with Nvidia to strengthen partnerships with local technology firms like Xjera Labs and Trakomatic.
Aimed at developing innovative and exportable products and technologies locally, within the city-state, Marc Hamilton, VP of Solution Architecture and Engineering at Nvidia, said, “Singapore is an ideal location for our new Technology Centre because of its great ecosystem of technology partners, government investment in infrastructure, and focus on data science and data analytics.”