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NVIDIA CEO Gives World’s Top AI Researchers First NVIDIA Tesla V100s

AI is reshaping the world. The researchers gathered at this week’s Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Honolulu are reshaping AI.

That’s why NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang chose to light up a meetup of elite deep learning researchers at CVPR to unveil the NVIDIA Tesla V100, our latest GPU, based on our Volta architecture, by presenting it to 15 participants in our NVIDIA AI Labs program. (Editor’s Note: The underlying Tesla microarchitecture of the GPUs and the Tesla product line are named after pioneering electrical engineer Nikola Tesla.)

The audience of more than 150 top AI researchers — gathered for our NVAIL meetup — grabbed their smartphones to snap pictures of the moment.

“AI is the most powerful technology force that we have ever known,” said Jensen, clad in a short sleeve dress shirt, white jeans and vans, or what he called his “aloha uniform.”

“I’ve seen everything. I’ve seen the coming and going of the client-server revolution. I’ve seen the coming and going of the PC revolution. Absolutely nothing compares,” he said.

Jensen then presented representatives of each of the 15 attending research institutions with NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators, each of which included his signature, along with an inscription on the accelerator’s box that read, “Do great AI!”

GPUs — along with the torrents of data unleashed by the internet — have played a key role in the deep learning boom led by researchers like the ones gathered at CVPR. It’s remaking every aspect of human endeavor.

One of the researchers, Silvio Savarese, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University and director of the school’s SAIL-Toyota Center for AI Research, likened the signed V100 box to a bottle of fine wine. (Photo above shows CEO Jensen with Savarese.)

Savarese’s research has broken ground in computer vision, robotic perception and machine learning. In recent years, he has received the Best Student Paper Award at CVPR 2016, the James R. Croes Medal in 2013, a TRW Automotive Endowed Research Award in 2012, an NSF Career Award in 2011 and a Google Research Award in 2010.

It was clear this moment meant something special to him.

“It’s exciting, especially to get Jensen’s signature,” Savarese said. “My students will be even more excited.”

He said the V100 would be used for new research on autonomous driving and virtual reality, among other areas.

“Everything is powered by deep learning,” said Savarese. “We can do things we’ve never done before.”

Breakthroughs made by researchers such as Savarese and others gathered at CVPR are unleashing technologies with superhuman capabilities.

Read the source blog post at blogs.nvidia.com.

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