June 7th, 2018

H2O.ai and IBM build a Strategic Partnership to bring AI innovation to the market together

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Data ingest

Excited to announce our strategic partnership with IBM that allows them to resell and take to market H2O Driverless AI to businesses worldwide. This partnership makes AI economical – faster, cheaper and easier to do experiments. H2O Driverless AI and IBM POWER9 GPU Systems are bringing together the best of breed AI innovation. We have been working with IBM to port Driverless AI, our latest product that addresses the skills gap in data science and trust in AI, to IBM Power Systems. The combination delivers 5X performance for workloads including the new time series in Driverless AI. Please check out the blog by Sumit Gupta, VP of AI, Machine Learning and HPC at IBM Cognitive Systems, for more details on the partnership.

Outstanding performance on IBM POWER9

HPC is the new PC. To handle the increasingly complex workloads of AI you need an integrated system of software and hardware that is fully optimized for each other. H2O Driverless AI on IBM POWER9 delivers precisely that. IBM POWER9 supports nearly 2.6x more RAM, 9.5x more I/O bandwidth than comparable systems. It can also support upto 6 V100 GPUs on a single system. Driverless AI is built on top of datatable for python for data ingest and feature engineering and H2O4GPU for machine learning. We’ve been able to get nearly 2X the data ingest speed and over 50% faster feature engineering. In addition, with the power of GPU accelerated machine learning we’re able to deliver nearly 30X speedup on model building. Overall, we’ve been able to accelerate Driverless AI by up to 10X for IID data and up to 5X for time series data.
Data ingest

The Power of IBM and H2O.ai Solves Customer Challenges

AI will transform businesses as we know it. Companies will leverage AI across multiple business units and establish centers of excellence for AI. From asset price forecasting in capital markets, to supply chain optimization in manufacturing, to personalized insurance policies, no walk of business will be immune to pressures to democratize decision making with AI. IBM and H2O.ai will build the trusted hardware / software co-design needed for enterprises to make that transition. The winners of this partnership are our customers and their stories will be replicated across the ecosystem.
this will be fun, Sri

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srisatish ambati
Sri Ambati

Sri Ambati is the CEO and Co-Founder of H2O.ai – the maker behind H2O, the leading open source machine learning platform for smarter applications and data products. Before H2O, Sri spent time scaling R over Big Data with researchers at Purdue and Stanford, after co-founding Platfora and taking on the role of the Director of Engineering at DataStax. He joined Datastax from a Java multi-core startup Azul Systems where he was a Partner & Performance engineer tinkering with the entire ecosystem of enterprise apps at scale. Prior to that Sri worked on NoSQL trie-based index for semi-structured data at in-memory index startup RightOrder, before taking a sabbatical pursuing Theoretical Neuroscience at Berkeley. Sri is known for his knack for envisioning killer apps in fast evolving spaces and assembling stellar teams towards productizing that vision. A regular speaker in the Big Data, NoSQL and Java circuit, Sri leaves a trail @srisatish.

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